A Crimson Commonwealth: The Harvard Alumni Who Run Massachusetts

As Harvard affiliates continue to interact with and fill the Massachusetts government, it often falls to the University’s own to create policy and settle disagreements that directly affect Harvard. How does their time at the University influence the way they approach these disputes, and what is the effect of Harvard’s impact on Massachusetts leaders?

Four Earn 2023 Harvard Medals for Distinguished Service to the University

Four Harvard affiliates will receive the 2023 Harvard Medal for “extraordinary service” to the University, the Harvard Alumni Association announced last Thursday.

How the ‘Harvard Plan’ Shaped College Admissions and Campus Diversity

The “Harvard Plan” represented the University’s largest formal push to increase campus diversity, though students and activists had advocated for change for years prior. With affirmative action and the Harvard Plan in jeopardy, alumni, legal scholars, and administrators reflected on the push for campus diversity and how it changed the College’s student body.

Journalist Mary Louise Kelly ’93 to Speak at Harvard Alumni Day

Mary Louise Kelly ’93, the co-host of NPR’s flagship news program All Things Considered, will speak at the second annual Harvard Alumni Day event in June, the University announced Monday afternoon.

Hedge Fund CEO Ken Griffin ’89 Makes $300M Donation to FAS, Harvard to Rename GSAS in His Honor

Billionaire hedge fund CEO and Republican megadonor Kenneth C. Griffin ’89 donated $300 million to Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the University announced Tuesday morning. Harvard will rename the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences after Griffin, who has now given more than half a billion dollars to the University.

Jeffrey Dunn ’77 Vows to Lead Harvard’s Fight to Protect Democracy if Elected

Jeffrey D. Dunn ’77 said he would bring an “insider’s and outsider’s” perspective if elected to the Board of Overseers, the University’s second-highest governing body, and stressed the importance of working to protect democracy amid global upheaval.

Fiona Hill Wants to Tackle Legacy Admissions on Harvard Board of Overseers

Fiona Hill is not a fan of legacy admissions. A first-generation college student who described her scholarship to attend graduate school at Harvard as “transformational,” Hill is making legacy admissions a cornerstone issue of her campaign for the Board of Overseers.

Former Harvard Alumni Association President Vanessa Liu ’96 Focuses on Diversity in BOO Bid

With the Supreme Court on the brink of upending affirmative action, Harvard Board of Overseers candidate Vanessa W. Liu ’96 said she intends to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, if elected to serve on the University’s second-highest governing body.

Harvard Board of Overseers Candidates Make Their Pitches

Eight candidates are on the ballot for an expected five vacancies in Harvard’s Board of Overseers — the University’s second-highest governing body — while a ninth seeks to stage a write-in campaign. Voting began today and lasts until May 16, with all Harvard graduates who received their degree as of Jan. 1 eligible to vote except administrators and faculty.

Forty Women Accuse James Toback ’66 of Sexual Assault, NYC Harvard Club of Negligence

Forty women made sweeping allegations of sexual assault in a lawsuit against James L. Toback ’66 and the Harvard Club of New York City late last year, alleging Toback repeatedly used his membership at the private alumni venue to abuse five of the plaintiffs.

Harvard Alum Petitions Supreme Court of India to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Utkarsh Saxena, who earned a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 2014 and an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School in 2020, said he faced “a lot of phobia” around his identity. Now, Saxena is petitioning the Supreme Court of India to legalize same-sex marriage.

Free Speech Advocate Running Outsider Campaign for Harvard Board of Overseers Will Not See Name on Ballot

Harvey A. Silverglate, a 1967 Harvard Law School graduate who is staging an outsider campaign for election to the Harvard Board of Overseers, said he will probably not meet the signature threshold to see his name on the ballot, but pledged to continue his bid with a write-in campaign.

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