Commencement 2020 News

Comedian Conan O’Brien Addresses College Class of 2020

In Harvard College’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremony, the Class of 2020 celebrated its achievements and commemorated its losses on Thursday with a colorful address from comedian Conan C. O’Brien ’85.

The Year of Provost Garber

With his training as an economist and a physician, deep knowledge of the University, and increasingly wide breadth of responsibilities and power, Garber is uniquely suited to run Harvard during an unprecedented financial and public health crisis.

Defining Public and Private in the Smith Campus Center

Smith Campus Center planners intended to create both a Harvard-focused community center and a public building open to Cambridge residents, but controversies over the treatment of non-affiliates and homeless individuals have highlighted the difficulty of striking that balance.

A ‘Hairball Of Issues’ in Store for Fall Campus Reopenings, Experts Say

After the spring semester has come to a close and large portions of the country begin easing restrictions brought on by the outbreak, Harvard administrators must consider the question: what will happen in the fall?

‘A Black Box’: Harvard Affiliates Debate the University’s Tenure System

A review of FAS's tenure promotion system has prompted conversations about how universities increase the range of identities represented in the research they produce and the courses they offer — and also bolster the diversity of the historically white, male, and upper-class academy itself.

‘Foci of Infection’: Harvard’s History of Infectious Diseases, Explained

Coronavirus marks only the latest chapter in a long history of campus responses to infectious disease, from smallpox in the 1700s to swine flu in 2009, though no outbreak has ever before precipitated such a large-scale and long-term closure.

How COVID-19 Made a Harvard Epidemiologist Into a Public Ambassador for Science

“I got a call from the Prime Minister of Israel who just wanted to talk about what they were doing,” Marc Lipsitch said. “That's a level of advice that I've never been asked to do before and has been really interesting.”

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