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Accepting the inaugural Mahindra Award for Global Distinction in the Humanities, Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee treated the audience filling Sanders Theatre on Wednesday to thoughts about his earliest reading and the concept of a mother tongue.

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Read newly published transcripts of the Nov. 4 conference on "Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons: Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional? Is it Just?" at a Virtual Roundtable at Public Books

Frederick Wiseman will kick off this year's Norton Lectures on Cinema, "Wide Angle." He spoke to the Gazette about his storied career as a documentarian and his plans for the future.

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Tanner lecturer Stevenson seeks a national conversation about slavery’s legacy.

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Author expands on ‘big social novel’ in conversation with Homi Bhabha.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan talks about the death and rebirth of her forthcoming historical novel

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To re-encounter nature would be a way of getting another angle of vision on the same social facts, the same greedy and unequal humanity.

The following essay is a revised version of a talk, “The Politics of Nature in a Time of Political Fear,” delivered by Jedediah Purdy at the Environment Forum at Harvard University’s Mahindra Center on December 8, 2016.

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Professor Homi Bhabha, director of Harvard's Mahindra Humanities Center, rejects the idea that the center should only focus on pursuits that have traditionally been considered within the realm of the humanities: literature, art, and their related fields.

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Art and thought have long been adversaries of convention. When practiced with intention, both can call into question the moral legitimacy of social and economic norms kept (largely) in place to preserve the comfort of a few. So often is business and the drive for profit responsible for perpetuating these norms—and engendering cultural homogenization—that the notion of “corporate responsibility” is easily and justifiably scoffed at.

Professor Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language, and the Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Prize.

The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future