University News

W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Ceremony
Race

LL Cool J, Ava DuVernay to Receive Du Bois Medal

Harvard will honor rapper and actor LL Cool J, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and several others with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal next month.

Harvard's Next President
Central Administration

In Presidential Search, Calls for Diversity

Over the course of four centuries, Harvard has seen presidents of many stripes. But to date, all have been white. And, until current University President Drew G. Faust, male.

Endowment Returns FY 2017
University Finances

Harvard Returns 8.1 Percent in ‘Disappointing’ Fiscal Year 2017

Harvard returned 8.1 percent on its investments in fiscal year 2017, a “disappointing” performance the firm’s CEO called “a symptom of deep structural problems at HMC.”

Massachusetts Hall
Drew Faust

Students Named to Presidential Search Advisory Committee

Third-year Law student Jyoti Jasrasaria ’12 will chair the 18-member committee, which includes at least one representative from each of Harvard’s 12 degree-granting schools.

Endowment Returns, FY 2009-2017
College Finance

Strong Public Markets May Bode Well for Harvard

Robust growth in public markets may portend growth for Harvard's endowment in fiscal year 2017.

Grad School of Education

Education School Dean Ryan to Depart for UVA

James E. Ryan, the Dean of the Graduate School of Education, will depart the school to become the president of the University of Virginia after this academic year.

Elmendorf Announces CIA Director's No-Show
IOP

After Backlash, Kennedy School Withdraws Manning's Fellowship

The Dean of the Kennedy School of Government withdrew Chelsea Manning’s invitation to serve as a visiting fellow this semester, calling her appointment “a mistake.”

Annenberg's New Portrait
Race

‘Ghost Portraits’ Commemorate Underrepresented Minorities at School of Public Health

As Harvard reckons with with historical ties to slavery, an exhibit at the School of Public Health this semester aims to honor the overlooked contributions of significant black and Native American figures in the field.

Pumpkin Float at Boston Common's Frog Pond
GSAS

GSAS To Subsidize Some Childcare for Grad Students

GSAS announced a new program that provides Ph.D. students free membership to Care.com, which normally costs $140 per year, as well as 10 days of childcare per year.

Loeb House
Drew Faust

In Presidential Search, Corporation Likely to Regularly Consult Faculty

If history is any indication, faculty on the committee advising the search for Harvard’s next president will be involved until the very end of the search, while students will play a far more limited role.

HLS and Slavery
Race

Law School Unveils Slavery Monument, Reflects on History

The plaque is dedicated to slaves owned by the Royall family, whose donations helped endow Harvard Law School.

Massachusetts Hall
Drew Faust

Inclusion Task Force to Release Recommendations Earlier than Anticipated

Task force members said Drew Faust’s decision to step down in June precipitated the change in schedule.

University President Drew G. Faust
Drew Faust

Faust Denounces 'Cruel' DACA Decision

University President Drew G. Faust swiftly condemned the Trump administration’s decision Tuesday to end an Obama-era program that protects undocumented youth.

Law School Library
Harvard Law School

Law School Faculty Call for Title IX Sexual Assault Policy Changes

In a memo to the Department of Education, the faculty members push for revisions of Obama-era Title IX standards that govern how universities respond to campus sexual harassment and assault..

Drew Faust

Professors, Staff Named to Presidential Search Advisory Committee

Harvard moved one step closer to naming its next president Tuesday when it unveiled the membership of two committees that will advise the search for University President Drew G. Faust’s successor.