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The pledge asks for an “ambitious agreement” at this winter's United Nations conference on climate change in Paris.
Members of student group Divest Harvard hold a protest outside the Institute of Politics on Monday. At the time, the Institute was hosting "Bringing the Global Community to the Table," a forum in light of the Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference.
Pedicini, who will leave HMC after just two-and-a-half years, departs after her department suffered criticism from Divest Harvard over the Management Company’s steadfast refusal to fully divest the endowment from the fossil fuel industry.
Faust emphasized the role that universities can have in combatting climate change and lobbied for increased federal funding for research.
The plaintiffs claim in their 113-page appeal that Harvard has mismanaged its endowment by investing in “abnormally dangerous activities."
The event’s headliners included U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey and Harvard English professor James T. Engell ’73.
The study, funded by a lobby organization for the petroleum industry, examined the cost of divestment for Harvard and four other universities.
The report comes as environmental activists at Harvard and elsewhere call for colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuel companies.
The University remains opposed to divesting its $35.9 billion endowment from fossil fuels, steadfast in the face of numerous sit-ins and demonstrations by students, alumni, and faculty affiliated with the activist group Divest Harvard.
In a year of campus challenges to her leadership, Drew Faust’s tactical side was on full display. The strategy of public non-engagement favored by Harvard’s eighth-year president has supporters fawning but some campus constituencies feeling disrespected.
While administrators harbored mixed feelings for the anti-apartheid and anti-tobacco movements, on the whole they acknowledged students’ interest in the issues and right to protest respectfully.
Protesters hang a banner from the upper floors of Massachusetts Hall on the second day of their weeklong April blockade of the administrative building, which houses University President Drew G. Faust’s office.
Canyon S. Woodward '15 of student activist group Divest Harvard hangs a banner during a protest in Massachusetts Hall on Feb. 12. A group of students rushed into the building during one of multiple protests demanding that the University divest from fossil fuels.
A speaker addresses the crowd of students gathered to protest Harvard's investment in South African holdings during the late 1980s. A sign reads: "Put Apartheid Out of Business."