We must exemplify the centrality of meaning, values, and creativity in the mission of the research university. Building on its nearly four centuries of rigorous intellectual inquiry, Harvard must embrace these purposes in new ways. In all it undertakes, Harvard must reinforce the significance of transcending the immediate and instrumental to explore and understand what humans have thought, done, and been, and thus to imagine where they might best seek to go.
Nine miniature manuscript books, six by Charlotte Brontë and three by Patrick Branwell Brontë, are part of the collections at Houghton Library. The library repaired, rehoused, and digitized the nearly 200-year-old books, which provide valuable insight into the genius of the Brontës.
Aspiration in Action
Lecturer chronicles how Joyce’s wandering epic became an epic of law.
Website helps the homeless and disadvantaged find online market for their creative work.
Harvard Divinity School professor uses 21st-century media to help students engage with ancient texts.
Harvard’s digital repository draws millions of readers, ranging from the academic community to the global public.
Ways to Support
To achieve our aspirations, Harvard will build on strengths across the University. There have never been more great ideas, great thinkers, or great opportunities worthy of your support. Below are just a few examples.
Digital Arts and Creativity
Underwrite the development of innovative new approaches to arts-making and creativity using state-of-the-art digital equipment and facilities.
Create an Arts Lectureship to bring practicing artists to campus for short-term teaching and mentoring.
Underwrite the newly established undergraduate Architecture Studies track, a collaboration between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Design.