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Hutchins Center Explores the Legacy of Eugenics in New England, at Harvard

Prominent historians and scholars convened virtually on Wednesday to discuss the legacy of eugenics in New England and at Harvard in a conference hosted by Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

Hutchins Center Eugenics Conference

The Hutchins Center for African and American Research held a virtual conference Wednesday afternoon on the legacies of eugenics in New England. The conference was divided into sections including discussions on Harvard's eugenics history and Yale's eugenic past.

Amid Cornel West’s Tenure Dispute, Faculty and Students Clash Over Harvard’s Treatment Of Black Scholars

In light of the threatened departure of Professor Cornel R. West ’74, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay said that Harvard is “unequivocally” committed to supporting an environment in which faculty of color can thrive.

UC Endorses Petitions in Support of Cornel West and Against Statements by J. Mark Ramseyer

The Undergraduate Council voted to endorse a pair of statements during its Sunday night meeting — one supporting a petition to grant tenure to Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy Cornel R. West ’74, and another to condemn statements made by Harvard Law professor J. Mark Ramseyer.

Cornel West Threatens Second Departure from Harvard

Harvard professor and outspoken political activist Cornel R. West ’74 has threatened to leave Harvard — again — after he said the University dismissed his request to be considered for tenure.

Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. Named Don M. Randel Award Recipient

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences named University Professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. a recipient of its Don M. Randel Award for Humanistic Studies on Wednesday, making him the seventh honoree since the award’s inception in 1975.

Harvard Faculty Sign Open Letter Calling for Trump’s Impeachment

Twelve Harvard faculty joined more than 300 American historians and legal scholars in signing an open letter calling for President Donald J. Trump to be impeached for the second time in his presidential term.

Anthropology Prof. John Comaroff Placed on Administrative Leave Following Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay placed Anthropology and African and African-American Studies professor John L. Comaroff on paid administrative leave Monday afternoon following allegations that he sexually harassed students and retaliated against those who spoke out against him.

Graduate Students Protest Potential Police Partnerships at African and African American Studies Meeting

Tensions flared in Harvard’s African and African American Studies Department this week after a professor proposed a forum to discuss potential partnerships with local police departments.

Anthropology, African and African-American Studies Students Call for ‘Transformative Change’ in Petition to Department Heads

Students distributed a petition Monday outlining steps toward “radical, truly transformative change” to department structures they say facilitated abuse, beginning with the removal of three faculty accused of sexual misconduct.

Harvard, University of Michigan Professors Discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Effect on Prisons

Heather Ann Thompson, a Pulitzer prize-winning author and University of Michigan professor, discussed the relationship between pandemics and prisons in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during a virtual event on Thursday.

Queen Latifah, Rita Dove, and Robert Smith Receive Annual W. E. B. Du Bois Medal

In addition to Latifah, Dove, and Smith this year’s recipients include co-founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila C. Johnson; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander; artist Kerry James Marshall; and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie G. Bunch III.


Sunn m’Cheaux, a Gullah instructor for the university, stands inside the Center for African Studies. This is the second semester that the Creole language has been offered to students.

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