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Bacow Defends Use of Confidential Committees in Tenure Process Following FAS Review

Just over a week after a review of Harvard’s tenure process found that the use of secretive ad hoc committees “erodes faculty trust” in the system, University President Lawrence S. Bacow defended the school’s use of the committees as a necessary aspect of deliberations.


Tindal Lays Out Vision as New Museums Director, Addresses Recent Controversies

Brenda D. Tindal, the new executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, shared her vision for the HMSC and her passion for museums, community engagement, and civic dialogue during a virtual fireside chat Tuesday evening.


Harvard Greenhouse Gas Emissions Flatlined for Fifth Straight Year in 2020

Nearly every aspect of Harvard’s operations changed in 2020, with much of the campus left empty due to Covid-19. But the University’s campus greenhouse gas emissions remained stagnant for a fifth straight year last year, according to preliminary data released Friday as part of the University’s 2020 sustainability report.


Documentary on Harvard Daguerreotypes Lawsuit Premieres as Court Hearing Looms

A documentary on a Black woman trying to reclaim her family’s history by suing Harvard University over its possession of photographs depicting her enslaved ancestors premiered Friday at a Harvard Square movie theater.


Extension School Student Government to Redraft Constitution in ‘Rebuilding Year’

After a controversial election last spring, the Harvard Extension Student Association is redrafting the board’s constitution and bylaws to establish transparency around its election process and prevent further contention.


Harvard Athletics Director Argues NCAA’s Name, Image, and Likeness Policy Aligns with Department’s Principles

Harvard Athletics Director Erin McDermott said in an interview Thursday that she believes the recent rule change to allow athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness helps to equalize student athletes and all other students at the College.


Harvard’s Endowment Soars to $53.2 Billion, Reports 33.6% Returns

Harvard Management Company returned 33.6 percent on its investments for the fiscal year ending in June 2021, skyrocketing the value of the University’s endowment to $53.2 billion, the largest sum in its history.


Cornel West and the ‘True Harvard’

This past year, Harvard refused to even consider Cornel R. West '74 — a towering Black intellectual figure who had been tenured at Harvard nearly 30 years before — for tenure. West's 50-year relationship with the University forces us to ask what, exactly, constitutes the “True Harvard”: prestige, endowment returns, a sprawling administration — or those who seek earnest dialogue and speak truth to power, the so-called “undisciplinables”?


FAS Review Largely Upholds Tenure System Despite Acknowledging ‘Mistrust and Low Morale’

A review of tenure processes within the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences found that the tenure-track system is “structurally sound” but recommended adjustments in certain aspects of the system to address “mistrust and low morale” in the process.


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