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Class of 1961

Crime

Car Bombs on Coaches, Love Story Begins, and Reagan Revelry

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

Reunions

Class of 1961 Uses ‘Harvard Reunions’ App

The Harvard Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Harvard Office of Public Affairs and Communications, has released iPad and iPhone applications to help College alumni navigate this week’s reunion events.

Politics

Electing Youth and Change: Kennedy on Harvard’s Campus

The 1960 presidential race between John F. Kennedy ’40 and Richard M. Nixon proved to be a turning point in U.S. politics.

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Tech Square completed, january 1971. Courtesy of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority collection, Cambridge Historical Commission

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Tech Square construction, August 1962. Courtesy of Fay Foto Service. Cambridge Historical Commission

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Tech Square groundbreaking, October 9, 1961. Courtesy of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority collection, Cambridge Historical Commission

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Students flood into Lamont Library on the night of April 28, 1961 amidst protests of a change in the language of Harvard diplomas from Latin to English.

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In the early 1960s, socioeconomic and geographic diversity became defining characteristics of the student body.

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Professors who visited Russia and Harvard.

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Peter B. Benchley '61 created 'Jaws' after hearing of a great white shark caught off of Long Island.

Harvard in the World

Newly-Established Peace Corps Draws Students

Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps attracted Harvard students, drawing attention away from service programs like the Harvard African Teaching Prospect.

Harvard in the World

Despite Tensions, Professors Cross Iron Curtain

At Harvard, Cold War curiosity was turned into a meaningful intellectual exchange with professors at the University of Leningrad. But the politics of the day stayed largely off the table, even in the classroom.

"The Pill"
College

Pill’s Approval Portends Cultural Shift

Though the pill did not have a direct impact on Harvard life at first, its approval represented the beginning of the shift from a gender-segregated social scene to the more integrated, liberal environment of today.

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City Sees Urban Renewal

Following zoning amendments passed in the early ’60s, Cambridge began its transformation from a decrepit industrial city to a revived research-focused one.

College

Discovering Harvard's Changing Social Fabric

During the Class of 1961's time at Harvard, the College began a number of programs aiming to increase the diversity of the traditionally white, New England-centered student body.

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