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Emily Kern

A sweeping new history of humanity upends the story of civilization, inviting us to imagine how our own societies could be radically different.

Nearly two years into a global pandemic, uncertainty has profoundly unsettled both our personal and political lives. In our Fall 2021 book, eleven thinkers consider its scientific, philosophical, and economic aspects.

Wendy Johnson

Physicians have been fighting for health justice for decades. To succeed, we need practical models for collectively remaking our systems of care.

Samuel Miller McDonald

Beyond carbon emissions and safety, the debate must also confront how the choices we make now constrain the kind of world we can build in the future.

Kyle Harper

Our mastery over microbes is only a few decades old. It is also far more precarious than we imagine.

Paul Hockenos

Pushing back against the throw-away economy, the EU is designing an industrial policy around garbage.

Andrew L. Croxford

Concerns about long-term side effects have helped fuel vaccine hesitancy. An immunologist explains why we can be confident in vaccine safety.

Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako

If we want to address vaccine hesitancy in the health care system, we must treat its lowest paid workers better.

Greg Eghigian

This summer, an intelligence report and a new Harvard research project have renewed the public’s interest in UFOs. But neither is likely to change many minds.

Anna Romina Guevarra

The pandemic increased demand and possibilities for automating care, but doing so may deliver racist stereotypes and unemployment for women of color.

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Associate Professor of Anthropology at MIT and researcher on the anthropology of health and environment.