More than a half million deaths each year around the world result from flu-related respiratory illnesses. This year, flu has grabbed particular headlines, driven by an early start to flu season and the dominance of a particularly severe flu strain, H3N2. The flu is most dangerous to people with underlying health problems, as well as individuals over age 65 and young children. However, each year flu cases involving young, otherwise apparently healthy people raise flags. In this Forum, experts in epidemiology, immunology, and health policy will place this year’s flu season in context. They will explore vaccine development, prevention and treatment and address growing concerns globally as this particularly virulent outbreak gains the potential to spread further — ultimately asking is there a better way to stop the flu?

This Forum event was presented jointly with PRI's The World & WGBH on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Watch the entire series at ForumHSPH.org.



As part of the 2017-2018 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Nicola L. B. Pohl RI '18 provides a sense of some of the key problems that chemists are currently trying to solve.

Pohl is a professor of chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington, where she holds the Joan and Marvin Carmack Chair in Bioorganic Chemistry and leads a group of researchers in developing automated methods for carbohydrate synthesis and analysis. She is the 2017-2018 Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/people/nicola-l-b-pohl

For information about the Radcliffe Institute and its many public programs, visit https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/.


On February 13, 2018, the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, with support from the Hutchins Center, announced its acquisition of the papers of the political activist and pioneering feminist thinker Dr. Angela Y. Davis.

Archivists are processing the collection, which will be available for research by 2020.

For information about the Radcliffe Institute and its many public programs, visit https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/.


Lawrence S. Bacow, one of the most experienced and respected leaders in American higher education, will become the 29th president of Harvard University on July 1, 2018.


Friday marks the opening of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea that will feature what some consider one of the winter competition’s more enigmatic events, curling. But once bitten by the curling bug there’s no going back. Harvard junior Neekon Vafa, president of the Harvard University Curling Team, explains his love for the sport during a team practice at a local curling club in Wayland, Mass.


11/4/17 | Harvard University, Science Center Hall C

Nuclear weapons strategy in the United States is designed around “presidential first use,” an arrangement that enables one man, the president, to kill and maim many millions of people in a single afternoon. What legal or philosophical principle differentiates the moral harm or moral wrong that would be attributed to a terrorist, non-state actor or hacker who delivered a nuclear weapon from a presidential launch of a nuclear weapon?

The conference brought together international and constitutional scholars and statesmen to examine the nature of presidential first use in the United States, as well as parallel arrangements in the other eight nuclear states. Senator Markey and Congressman McGovern described H.R.669/S.200 “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.”

Co-chairs: Elaine Scarry. Jonathan King.

Speakers: Bruce Ackerman. Kennette Benedict. Bruce Blair. Sissela Bok. Rosa Brooks. John Burroughs. Hugh Gusterson. Ed Markey. Jim McGovern. Zia Mian. William Perry.

Cosponsors: Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center. Harvard’s Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities. Mass Peace Action. Institute for People’s Engagement. Union of Concerned Scientists.

http://mahindrahumanities.fas.harvard.edu/content/presidential-first-use-nuclear-weapons-it-legal-it-constitutional-it-just


Ted Strickland, former Governor of Ohio, will discuss his career path and leadership advice on the Voices in Leadership program on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.


As part of the 2017-2018 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Samantha Power RI '18 (8:12) reflects on a question that she increasingly gets, which is, what was it like, as a woman, doing foreign policy in the US government and at the United Nations?

Introduction by
Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Samantha Power is a professor of practice at Harvard Law School and the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, where she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She is a former US permanent representative to the United Nations and a former member of President Obama's cabinet. https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/people/samantha-power

For information about the Radcliffe Institute and its many public programs, visit https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/.


Thanks to the remarkable generosity of Dr. Seng T. Lee, the Harvard Library was able to award $150,000 across 7 grant-funded projects to improve access to information and the experience of using library resources at Harvard University. Innovations can take a variety of forms: technological, cultural, or operational. This video highlights the work of the 2017 recipients. For more information visit: https://library.harvard.edu/lee-grants


Thanks to the remarkable generosity of Dr. Seng T. Lee, the Harvard Library was able to award $150,000 across 7 grant-funded projects to improve access to information and the experience of using library resources at Harvard University. Innovations can take a variety of forms: technological, cultural, or operational. This video highlights the work of the 2017 recipients. For more information visit: https://library.harvard.edu/lee-grants


Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, 20th Surgeon General for the United States, will discuss his career path and leadership advice on the Voices in Leadership program on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018


The Education Redesign Lab at HGSE has partnered with six cities since 2016 to promote a children’s opportunity agenda. This initiative, called By All Means, brings together mayors, superintendents, health directors, and other stakeholders to form Children’s Cabinets focused on expanding supports and opportunities for children. The video above includes reflections from our partner mayors and superintendents.


The Harvard Ambulatory Microrobot - nicknamed HAMR - is a versatile robot that can run at high speeds, jump, climb, turn sharply, carry payloads and fall from great distances without being injured.


Lecturer Kathryn Parker Boudett (HGSE) shared how she utilizes her HarvardX online course as pre-matriculation material in HGSE’s campus-based Data Wise Leadership Institute at the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) Speaker Series event on December 8, 2017.

Visit hilt.harvard.edu for more.