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News Analysis: In Foreign Trips, University President Bacow Presents Harvard’s Interests on a Global Stage

Roughly two years since his appointment as president, University President Lawrence S. Bacow,  similar to his predecessors, has sought to engage with students, alumni, and political leaders in his extensive international and national travels.


Appeals Court Dismisses Former Professor’s Tenure Lawsuit

A federal appeals court last month affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by former Harvard associate professor Kimberly S. Theidon, ending her long-running lawsuit alleging that the University unfairly denied her tenure.


Citing Toxic Culture and Administrator Departures, Harvard School of Public Health Faculty Repeatedly Weighed Voting No Confidence in Dean

On Dec. 20, 2018, around 40 faculty filtered into the Dean’s Conference Room at the Harvard School of Public Health for an unusual discussion, without the attendance of Dean Michelle A. Williams. They would soon consider taking a dramatic action in her absence: a vote of no confidence in her leadership.


Harvard Forward Releases Policy Platform on Climate Justice and Responsible Investing

Harvard Forward — a student and alumni group working to bring attention to climate change within Harvard’s governance boards — released a policy platform calling for Harvard to divest from the fossil fuel industry and create more guidelines for “responsible investing” earlier this week.


Epstein Donations Come Under Scrutiny

A report by the Miami Herald in late 2018 which uncovered extensive sexual abuse allegations against Jeffrey Epstein provoked a University-wide reckoning this past year about Harvard’s ties to the disgraced financier and one-time donor.


Ten Stories That Shaped 2019

Beginning with a dean's decision to represent Harvey Weinstein and ending with a graduate student strike, 2019 was an eventful year at Harvard. Students pushed for change via protests, whether they called for an ethnic studies program or for divestment. Outside news touched campus, too, as University affiliates examined Harvard's relationship to Jeffrey Epstein. Here, The Crimson reviews ten stories that defined the past twelve months on campus.


U.S. Representatives Sign Letter Supporting Harvard Graduate Student Union Strike

Twenty-two Harvard alumni who currently serve in the United States House of Representatives sent a letter to University President Lawrence S. Bacow last week declaring their support for the Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers strike.


Massachusetts Hall

University President Lawrence S. Bacow works out of Massachusetts Hall in the center of Harvard Yard.


Harvard President Bacow Says He's Confident Appeals Court Will Uphold Admissions Decision

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview on Monday that he is confident an appeals court will uphold a federal judge’s recent ruling that Harvard does not discriminate against Asian American applicants in its College admissions policies.


Harvard Submits Amicus Brief in Defense of DACA Recipients

The amicus brief warns that if DACA is dismissed, “remarkable students” enrolled at the institutions would not obtain the “full benefit” of their education. The brief also states that the end of DACA would hurt recruitment and retention of talented international students.


Harvard Police Department Suspends Officer Who Was Called Homophobic Slur

The Harvard University Police Department suspended an officer Wednesday for one week without pay after an investigation found he physically assaulted another officer who called him a homophobic slur, according to representatives from the Harvard University Police Association union.


Harvard Office of the General Counsel to Review Epstein Donations

Harvard’s Office of the General Counsel will conduct a review of billionaire donor and convicted sex offender Jeffrey E. Epstein’s donations to the University, Vice President and General Counsel Diane E. Lopez announced in an email to Harvard affiliates Friday afternoon.


Loeb House

The Harvard Corporation, the University's highest governing body, meets in Loeb House.


Ahead of Climate Strike, A Look at Harvard Corporation Members’ Ties to the Fossil Fuel Industry

Several members of the Harvard Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — have maintained financial and professional ties to the fossil fuel industry through their employment or company investments.


Harvard President Bacow Joins Hundreds of Universities in Letters Supporting Immigration Rights

Harvard’s decision to sign these letters comes as Bacow has been particularly vocal in his opposition to Trump Administration immigration policies.


Grad Student Union Reaches New Agreements with Harvard, Warns ‘Greater Action’

This week’s agreements — including consensus on intellectual property, health and safety, and the formation of a union-management committee — brought the total number of agreed provisions to seven since bargaining began last October.


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