For the Public

The Bok Center offers two types of programming open to the general public.

  • Several times a year the Center convenes a conference, workshop, or showcase of interest to the entire Harvard community and beyond; visitors curious about the Center and its work are encouraged to attend these events, several of which are highlighted below.
  • The Bok Center offers an online course in Higher Ed Pedagogy through HarvardX's partnership with GetSmarter. Designed by the Bok Center staff for university instructors of various career stages, the course is administered by GetSmarter, and prospective or current students with questions about enrollment, policies, etc. should contact GetSmarter.  This course is not credit-bearing.

The Herschbach Lecture Series brings to campus distinguished scientists who also are deeply involved in education.

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The Bok Center's online course in Higher Ed Pedagogy, administered by HarvardX partner GetSmarter, is designed for university instructors of all career stages.

Bok Summit

Bok Summit Covered in Harvard Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education

May 3, 2019

Harvard Magazine recently published a comprehensive summary of the Bok Center’s Harvard Summit on Excellence in Higher Education. Held on April 4-5, the Summit brought together deans, provosts, and faculty from universities across the country to discuss whether - and how well - liberal arts colleges and universities are serving the public good....

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Celebrating Mentoring at the Harvard Ed Portal

December 2, 2018

The Harvard Ed Portal, which is celebrating ten years of community partnership between Harvard and Boston, shared the work of K-12 students and their mentors at a community reception on December 2.  Susan Johnson, the Bok Center’s Assistant Director for Socially Engaged Learning, works with a cohort of 20-25 undergraduate mentors each semester, helping them to create age-specific curricula and develop as educators.  

Read more about the Ed Portal mentoring program and the community reception - attended by President Larry Bacow - in this Crimson article.

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Spring Showcase a Smashing Success

May 25, 2018

On May 2, the Bok Center hosted our second annual Spring Showcase, featuring the amazing ways in which our faculty and student partners are transforming teaching at Harvard.  The Bok Center has created a vibrant intergenerational community of teachers and learners, who have worked tirelessly throughout the year to create inspiring and innovative courses and programs.... Read more about Spring Showcase a Smashing Success

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PhD Candidates Wow the Crowd at Harvard Horizons

April 12, 2018

Held on the evening of 11 April, the sixth annual Harvard Horizons Symposium featured the research of eight stellar Harvard PhD candidates. Under the guidance of the Bok Center's experts in professional and scholarly communication, the scholars have worked intensively together since January, honing their skills and building a sense of community that reaches across their disciplinary boundaries.


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