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Crimson Unclear: Anxiety and Confusion in the Wake of Harvard’s Covid-19 Restriction Rollback

In 2023, there are still continued logistical challenges that Harvard affiliates face back on campus, but the minimization of these challenges — and of the pandemic itself — has created uncertainty, confusion, and continued disruption of many students’ experiences at Harvard.

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The Block Archives

The letter block archives

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Crimson Unclear Graphic

In 2023, there are still continued logistical challenges that community members face back on campus, but the minimization of these challenges — and of the pandemic itself — has created uncertainty, confusion, and continued disruption of many students’ Harvard experiences.

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moving grand orrey

The Grand Orrery had to be turned on its side to fit through a door frame before being transported down a freight elevator and into the Putnam Gallery for display.

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Statuettes grand orrey

The statuettes that decorate the Grand Orrery were cast by Paul Revere and include Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, James Bowdoin, and other figures.

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orrery gears

The gears at the center of the Grand Orrery. The hand-cranked orrery once vividly demonstrated the orbital paths of the first six known planets orbiting the Sun; today, the crank on the orrery no longer functions.

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grand orrey

Harvard acquired its Grand Orrery in 1789, two years after it was built by Boston clockmaker Joseph Pope. The device is an intricately crafted working model of the solar system made of brass, mahogany, ivory, and glass, complete with once-revolving planets, all encased under a glass dome adorned with stars.

CPL Sister City Exhibit Yerevan
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CPL Sister City Exhibit Yerevan

Since 1987, Cambridge and Yerevan, Armenia have been sister cities. From March 1 to April 28, an exhibit at Cambridge Public Library showcases the relationship between the two cities.

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Reassembling Grand Orrey

Schechner and Ketchen work together on reassembling the Grand Orrery in the Special Exhibitions Gallery of Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

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Cambridge sister city yerevan

Hoping to deepen their intellectual and cultural ties to the world across the Iron Curtain, former Mayor and then City Councilor Frank H. Duehay ’55 and 11 Cambridge residents journeyed to Moscow in late May of 1986. They then went to Yerevan, whose government expressed a desire to formalize the connection between Yerevan and Cambridge.

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Reviving the Wonders of the Solar System: The Restoration of Harvard's 236-Year-Old Grand Orrery

Experts at Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments are using the Grand Orrery, a centuries-old mechanical model of the solar system, to study the Revolutionary War.

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35 Years of Friendship Between Cambridge and Yerevan

Cambridge and Yerevan became sister cities because of a group of Cambridge citizens hoping to build a civilian bridge between the United States and the USSR to ease inflammatory rhetoric during the Cold War. The cities’ relationship has now lasted 35 years.

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Conflux: Merging Art and Technology

Conflux’s members say it fills an important niche on campus. To Fang, Conflux is special because it merges art and tech. It’s not just “at the intersection” of the two fields, but combines them to make something interesting and totally new.

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conflux

Conflux was founded last September and is focused on creating art tech — the combination of art and technology. Pictured above is an exhibit by Liya J. Jin ’23, a student who was a resident in Conflux's winter program. It's called "Inner Peace."

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Transquinceañera

A party that educates as much as it celebrates, TransQuinceañera, an event hosted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Latinx Student Association and the LGBTQ@GSAS Association, invited the Harvard community to a vibrant evening of art and activism.

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