We are delighted to recognize four exceptional contributors to Harvard Review for their work on behalf of readers in 2021, and to confer honoraria of $ 1,000 on each. (Staff members are not eligible for these awards.)

Hanna rose shell
Photograph courtesy of Hanna Rose Shell

The Distinguished Writing Awards recognize two individuals affiliated with Harvard. The McCord Writing Award (in honor of David TW McCord ’21, AM ’22, LHD ’56, and his enduring prose and verses, composed for these pages and the Harvard College Fund) goes to Hanna Rose Shell ‘ 99, Ph.D. ’07, JF ’10, associate professor at the University of Colorado. She proposed and wrote “The Poco of Pocos,” the September-October Vita, about a Harvard “character” – a brief look at the story that is both engaging and unsettling (as the best ever is. story), and beautifully designed, within the constraints of this functionality.


Brian Rosenberg
Photograph courtesy of Brian Rosenberg

We asked Brian Rosenberg, President Emeritus of Macalester College, now President-in-Residence and Visiting Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and thoughtful essayist for The Chronicle of Higher Education, to apply his critical outlook on the University at the end of the pandemic. The resulting Forum analysis, “Is Harvard Complaisant?” (September-October, timed for resumption of campus operations), fully won the Smith-Weld Award (in memory of A. Calvert Smith ’14, former secretary of the boards and executive assistant to President James Bryant Conant, and Philip S. Weld ’36, former president of the magazine), which recognizes inspiring articles about the University.


Gary Neill
Illustration by Gary Neill

Gary Neill created a vivid illustration for the September-October issue, accompanying Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Shaw’s preview of the pandemic with an image that fused the planet, the coronavirus and its mine-like spikes, a ball of demolition and a gloved hand administering a dose of the life-saving vaccine. It captured the global issues, the viral threat, the damage done, and the promise of medical science in response: a combination of bravery, artistic imagination and execution – and perfect cover.


Steve dunwell
Photograph courtesy of Steve Dunwell

When we invited Steve Dunwell, an expert in aerial and architectural photography, to take readers inside Allston’s new science and engineering complex – more than a decade in the works, its full opening delayed by the pandemic – he literally took the mission to new heights. . His interior images of the complex installation, published in the January-February magazine, suggest how faculty and students will work together in new ways, and his stunning aerial view of the site – with the stadium in the background – provided an indelible context for this new Frontier of the Harvard campus.

It was a pleasure to present this distinguished work; we are delighted to thank these superb professionals.

Editors