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Performing Latinidad

A Push for a Program

After decades of administrative shutdown, the College is set to launch its first formal program in Latino Studies, but many are calling for something more.


Junior Faculty Win Abramson Award for Teaching

Associate professors Ruth Bielfeldt and Sarah S. Richardson were awarded the annual Roslyn Abramson Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

University Hall

Among Harvard’s Faculty, ‘Women Are Still Pioneers’

Though the environment for women faculty at Harvard has improved over the past 20 years, many say that there is still room for improvement.


Proposal Would Change Faculty Council Election Procedures

If approved, the new system would replace a proportional representation system created in the fall of 1969, according to a proposal distributed to the Faculty in advance of their meeting Tuesday.


Claudine Gay Named Next FAS Social Science Divisional Dean

Gay joined the Government department in 2006 and is currently its director of graduate studies. She will take over the deanship from Sociology professor Peter Marsden on July 1.


Stanford Professor Combines Machine Learning and Econometrics

As part of the Economics Department’s Seymour E. and Ruth B. Harris Lecture Series, Stanford economics professor Susan Athey lectured on new methods of including machine learning in econometrics late Tuesday afternoon.

John Bates Clark Medal Recipient

Fryer Awarded Clark Medal

The first African-American to receive the award, Fryer was recognized for his contributions to research on the economics of race and inequality.

Incubating Ideas
Social Sciences Division

Incubating Ideas

A set of emu eggs are incubated Thursday afternoon at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The eggs are on loan from an emu farm in Gill, MA, to which the chicks will be returned after hatching.

Econ Tutoring

New Ec Question Center Looks To Attract Students

The new Economics Question Center, which is designed as a hub for tutoring in foundational economics courses, has yet to receive much student traffic.


Harvard Reaches Gender Parity in Junior Faculty Hires

Harvard’s total number of junior faculty hires has reached gender parity across the University for the first time ever.

Tozzer Library
Social Sciences Division

Anthropology Library Reopens

The project renovated the nearly 40-year-old library and centralized the offices of the faculty in the Anthropology Department, who were previously spread across campus.


WGS Sees Rise in Course Enrollment Numbers

Despite having just 37 concentrators in the College, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality department boasts two classes with more than 100 students each.

Some Good Advice
Social Sciences Division

Some Good Advice

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski speaks about the relationship between China and the United States in the Center for Government and International Studies on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Brzezinski served as the U.S. National Security Advisor under President Jimmy Carter and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the normalization of U.S.-China relations.

Social Sciences Division

Scientists Modify Cotton and Polyester to Display Repellent Properties

By modifying cotton and polyester fabrics with a coating that repels almost any type of substance, a research team from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering could be close to changing the nature of several consumer and industrial products—as well as the need for laundry.

Stanley J. Tambiah
Social Sciences Division

Tambiah, Prominent Anthropologist, Remembered as Loving Scholar

Anthropology professor emeritus Stanley J. Tambiah, described by colleagues as one of the giants of 20th century anthropology, was known for his studies of Buddhism and South Asia.

Beauty After Ruin

Beauty After Ruin

Harvard Ed Portal Opening

Year In Review 2015

Fischer Touchdown

Year in Sports 2015

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Class of 2015, By the Numbers