About Us

Founded in 2014, AAI is a scholarly institute dedicated to providing supplementary humanistic education to the Harvard intellectual community. We foster shared intellectual life by exploring questions of deep human concern that cut across the boundaries of academic disciplines. Throughout the year, we provide a range of programming for Harvard students and Cambridge young professionals including reading and discussion groups, workshops, lectures, conversations with faculty, intellectual retreats, and mentoring, while our summer seminars attract students and scholars from around the world. 

The name of the Institute honors the Massachusetts native Abigail Adams, whose capacious learning, judicious insight, and wise counsel shaped the founding and early development of the American nation. 

Come visit us at our headquarters on 14 Arrow Street, and get to know about our people, mission and programming.