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College Will Require All Fall Courses to Guarantee Students Two to Four Hours of Live Interaction

Though all courses will be virtual this fall, Harvard College expects professors to guarantee every student — regardless of time zone — between two and four hours of live interaction with course staff or peers each week, according to official College guidelines.


Danielle Allen Awarded Kluge Prize by Library of Congress

The Library of Congress named University Professor Danielle S. Allen as the 2020 recipient of the John W. Kluge Prize Monday, an international award for scholarly achievement in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes.


Graduate Students Protest Potential Police Partnerships at African and African American Studies Meeting

Tensions flared in Harvard’s African and African American Studies Department this week after a professor proposed a forum to discuss potential partnerships with local police departments.


Harvard Economists Find Political Bias Skews Americans' Perception of Verifiable Facts

According to a recent paper from a team of Harvard economists, not only do partisans see things differently, but their political views distort their basic understanding of the issues — even when reality may be contrary.


College Announces New Faculty Deans in Five Houses

Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana announced that five new faculty deans will join Cabot House, Eliot House, Kirkland House, Quincy House, and Winthrop House beginning July 1 in Thursday emails to affiliates of those Houses.


Anthropology Faculty Call for Urton’s Resignation as More Former Students Accuse Him of Sexual Misconduct

Twenty-five members of the Harvard Anthropology faculty requested professor Gary Urton’s immediate resignation Thursday. Two former Ph.D. students told The Crimson this week that Urton sexually harassed them when they were graduate students.


Faculty of Arts and Sciences Will Furlough Some ‘Fully or Partially Idled’ Workers Due to Financial Challenges, Gay Says

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences plans to take a number of additional measures — including furloughing some employees — in the face of hundreds of millions in projected financial impact due to the coronavirus pandemic, FAS Dean Claudine Gay wrote in a Tuesday email to faculty and staff.


Anthropology Prof. Urton Placed on Administrative Leave After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay has placed Anthropology professor Gary Urton on paid administrative leave following allegations of sexual misconduct against him, she wrote in an email to Anthropology students, faculty, and staff Wednesday morning.


Anthropology Department Removes Urton as Undergrad Studies Director After Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Harvard’s Anthropology department has removed professor Gary Urton as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in light of allegations that he pressured a former student into “unwelcome sex,” per an email sent to undergraduate concentrators Tuesday.


Harvard Anthropology to Form Committee to Address Department’s ‘Long-Standing Problems’

Harvard’s Anthropology department chairs wrote in an email Saturday that they will “work to dismantle” structures that contributed to “an environment in which abuses continue to manifest and go undetected” in response to a story published by The Crimson Thursday.


Protected by Decades-Old Power Structures, Three Renowned Harvard Anthropologists Face Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Senior Anthropology professors Theodore C. Bestor, Gary Urton, and John L. Comaroff have weathered allegations of sexual harassment, including some leveled by students. But affiliates said gender issues in the department stretch beyond them.


Faculty Criticize Lack of Harvard Response to Month-Old Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Petition

Harvard administrators have yet to respond to a petition they received over a month ago calling for an extension on non-tenure-track faculty appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic, a group of non-tenure-track faculty wrote in a press release Monday.


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