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Yellen
Radcliffe Institute

Federal Reserve Chair Yellen Awarded Radcliffe Medal

Federal reserve chair Janet L. Yellen received a Radcliffe Medal at the annual Radcliffe Day ceremony Friday, applauded by Dean of the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies Lizabeth Cohen​ for her “lifetime of visionary and principled service.”

Drew Faust Addresses the 2016 Harvard Alumni Association Meeting
Commencement

Faust Calls For Character-Based Education in Commencement Address

University President Drew G. Faust outlined a vision for a university education that shapes a student’s character and values—not just their intellectual and professional development—in her annual Commencement address Thursday afternoon.

Steven Spielberg Commencement Speaker 2016
Commencement

Spielberg Calls On Graduates To Follow ‘Intuition’ in Commencement Speech

Renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg called on graduates to follow their intuition and avoid falling prey to overwhelming “voices of authority.” Drawing upon his own path to a career in film, Spielberg compelled graduates to follow their gut.

Graduate School of Education Class of 2016
Central Administration

College confers 1,661 Degrees at 365th Commencement

In a sunny and spirited Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard awarded 7,727 degrees and 11 certificates during its 365th Commencement exercises Thursday morning, including 1,661 degrees to Harvard College students and 988 to students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Central Administration

Keohane to Step Down from Harvard Corporation, Rubenstein to join

David M. Rubenstein, a billionaire investor and philanthropist, will replace Nannerl O. Keohane on the Harvard Corporation, the University’s highest governing body, beginning in July 2017.

HLS Class Day
Commencement

Sarah Jessica Parker Makes Case for Dreaming at Law School Class Day

At a speech during the Law School’s Class Day exercises, Sarah Jessica Parker—renowned actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist—implored the members of the Harvard Law School’s Class of 2016 to pursue their dreams relentlessly after leaving Harvard.

"Free Harvard, Fair Harvard"
Central Administration

Outside Overseers Ticket Comes Up Empty-Handed

​None of the five Harvard alumni who ran on an outside ticket—dubbed “Free Harvard, Fair Harvard”— for Harvard’s Board of Overseers were elected to the body, the University announced Monday.

Up In Hutchins
College

Building a Field of Dreams: Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Afro-American Studies Department

​When Department Chair Nathan I. Huggins died in December of 1989, it looked like the end of Afro-American Studies at Harvard.

Professor Derrick Bell
Race

Students Carry On Tradition of Race Activism at the Law School

A new generation of activists is at the Law School’s helm. Student activists’ demands are broader and their tactics adapted, as they have drawn inspiration from their predecessors and built their own movement on the foundation of a vibrant history of protest at the Law School.

Drew Faust Inauguration
Central Administration

Governing the Past: Faust the Historian

While her career has progressed further and further away from her days of scholarship, University President Drew G. Faust’s acute sense of institutional history has only sharpened.

1991 Recession Cartoon
Central Administration

Recession in Retrospect: Budget Cuts and Bleak Job Prospects for Graduates

At Harvard, unexpected changes in University leadership resulted in unforeseen budget cuts and delays in the new capital campaign, exacerbating the University’s economic difficulties in 1990 and 1991.

Neil L. Rudenstine
Faculty

Help Wanted: The 1990 Search for a New Harvard President

Secret and oft-turbulent deliberations yielded a result that surprised many so-called “Harvard insiders.” The presidential search committee selected former Harvard and Princeton professor Neil L. Rudenstine, a later addition to the list of candidates and a figure largely unknown to those outside of the elite academic circles of the Ivy League.

Union Block Party
GSAS

Student or Worker?

Over the past year, both the graduate student unionization movement and the opposition to it have become stronger and more sophisticated, with no clear signs of letting up.

Persuading Professors graphic
FAS

Persuading Professors

Harvard will go to great lengths to recruit and retain faculty members. But sometimes, it doesn’t have everything a professor wants.

Briefcase Vector Graphic
University Finances

One Harvard, Inc.

As Harvard seeks to raise money for its ongoing fundraising drive, it regularly seeks out a bevy of alumni and individuals to support the school. In some cases, though, Harvard will turn to another source of funds: corporations.