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Fifteen Questions: Taeku Lee on Political Science, Civic Engagement, and His Stint as a Premed

The Government professor sat down to discuss his decision to pursue political science in graduate school and the development of ethnic studies at Harvard. “I keenly felt like there was something fundamentally misguided about my pursuit of thinking about politics and political science without understanding at a very fundamental level the history of racial politics in the United States,” he says.


American Ninja Warrior Takes on the Classroom

Levin finally made it onto the eighth season of American Ninja Warrior in 2016 and was named Rookie of the Year. He returned again in 2017 and 2018, each time making it to national finals. This year, for season 14, Levin returned to the American Ninja Warrior stage for the first time since 2018, falling just short of the $1 million dollar prize.


Fifteen Questions: Marc Lipsitch on Covid Modeling, Open-Access Science, and Latte Art

"Being very clear about the scientific rationale for advice, what are the limitations of what we know, and what public health authorities are doing to understand the things they need to know to make better advice — all these go a long way."


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Harvey C. Mansfield has taught political philosophy at Harvard for over half a century. One of the few outspoken conservatives on the faculty, he has been a sharp critic of political polarization on campus.


Fifteen Questions: Harvey Mansfield on Ideological Diversity, Trumpism, and his Signature Fedora

One of the University’s most prominent conservative faculty members sat down with Fifteen Minutes to discuss political polarization on campus. “The Harvard Commencement is something like the Democratic National Convention,” he says. “And that’s a hell of a way to run a university.”


Fifteen Questions: Andrew Berry on Fruit Flies, LS1b, and Harvard-Yale

The evolutionary biologist and historian of science sat down with Fifteen Minutes to discuss his scientific inspirations and his approach to pedagogy. “I have one great virtue as a teacher, which is I’m pretty dumb,” he says.


Matine Khalighi is on the Move

Freshman Matine Khalighi is one of only three undergraduate fitness instructors and teaches seven to nine classes per week.


Avi Loeb's Galileo Project Reaches for the Stars

There may be more Earth-like planets in the universe than grains of sand on all of Earth’s beaches combined, researchers predict. “The extraordinary claim is to say that we are special and unique,” Loeb says.


Fueled by Coconuts and Adrenaline, Swati Goel '25 Lives Her 'Biggest Dream' on Survivor

For Goel, the show has been a comfort since middle school — like “chicken soup,” she says. “It’s just the thing I would watch whenever I was upset or sad.” Auditioning for the show was a bucket-list item for her.


Lindsay Sanwald, Her Loop Pedal, and Her Surf Board

A Masters of Divinity candidate graduating this spring, Sanwald lets her spirituality manifest in a variety of ways: the psychedelic indie-rock one-woman show she performs under the stage name Idgy Dean,; the Patreon account she runs to offer sermons, spiritual guidance, and meditation to monthly subscribers, and, as of late, surfing.


Avi Loeb

Avi Loeb, pictured here in 2017, is a Harvard professor an astrophysicist who founded the Galileo Project, a controversial center dedicated to unearthing evidence that objects made by extraterrestrial life are in our solar system.


Benjamin Bolger

Benjamin B. Bolger holds 16 post-graduate degrees from some of academia's most prestigious institutions from Harvard to Oxford.


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Nathan V. Mallipeddi, a student at Harvard Medical School, started the Stuttering Scholarship Alliance to help provide access to teletherapy and group therapy for people who stutter.


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