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Ten Stories That Shaped 2020

The past twelve months were a year like no other for Harvard and the world. Under the backdrop of a once-in-a-century pandemic, students took classes from all over the globe, while pushing for social change at the University and on the political stage. Here, The Crimson reviews ten stories that defined 2020 at Harvard.


Chemistry Chair Arrested on Federal Charges

Harvard Chemistry chair Charles M. Lieber — a University Professor renowned for his contributions to nanotechnology — was charged in federal court in January for failing to disclose funding from the Chinese government.


Charles Murray Invitation Provokes Outrage

Government preceptor David D. Kane invited social scientist Charles A. Murray ’65 to speak to students in Government 50: “Data” in October, provoking outrage among faculty and students and rekindling debate over free speech and conservatism on campus.


Anthropology Dept. Takes Stock of Gender Issues

An eight-month investigation by The Crimson uncovered allegations of sexual harassment against three senior faculty in Harvard’s Anthropology Department and a department culture that placed women at a disadvantage.


At Least Five GSAS Departments To Admit No Graduate Students Next Year

At least five departments in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will not admit students for next year as a result of belt-tightening measures due to the coronavirus pandemic and an increased focus on advising and diversity.


Bacow, Garber, and Harvard’s 14 School Deans Urge University Affiliates to Vote

Ahead of Election Day, Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow, Provost Alan M. Garber ’76, and the 14 deans of the University’s schools sent an email to affiliates Friday morning urging them to vote and reaffirming the “values that bind us together as a community.”


Harvard Grad School of Arts and Sciences to Reduce or Pause Admissions in Some Fields

Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will reduce the number of students it admits for the 2021-22 school year as it continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Faculty of Arts and Sciences administrators wrote in a letter to faculty Thursday afternoon.


Harvard FAS to Replace 2021 Spring Break with Intermittent ‘Wellness Days’

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences will not hold spring break in 2020, reallocating the five days of break as planned “wellness days” throughout the spring semester, FAS Dean Claudine Gay announced in an email to faculty and staff Thursday.


College Extends Deadline to Switch to Pass-Fail Grading to Nov. 16

The Undergraduate Educational Policy Committee extended the deadline for students to change a course’s grading basis between letter-graded and pass-fail to Nov. 16, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Registrar Michael P. Burke wrote in an email to students Tuesday morning.


Whom Should Harvard Allow to Speak?

The last time Charles A. Murray ’65 spoke at Harvard, a group of ten students raised signs calling him a white nationalist. Outside the venue, others said he should not have been allowed a platform on Harvard’s campus.


Ahead of Speaker Event, FAS Dean Gay Says Charles Murray’s Work Lacks Academic Merit

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science Claudine Gay said in an interview Friday that she does not believe Charles Murray’s work has academic merit, amid controversy surrounding Murray’s upcoming invitation to speak in a course in her former academic department.


FAS Dean Gay Says Circumstances ‘Bode Well’ for Welcoming ‘Potentially Even More’ Students to Campus in Spring

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay said in an interview Friday that Harvard affiliates’ adherence to health protocols thus far “bodes well” for welcoming “potentially even more students” back to campus in the spring.


FAS Considers Reopening Option to Switch to Pass-Fail Grading

The FAS’s Educational Policy Committee is considering reopening the option to take a class pass-fail, even though the original deadline has passed.


FAS Administration and Finance Dean Leslie Kirwan to Retire

Leslie A. Kirwan ’79 — the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean for Administration and Finance — will retire next spring, FAS Dean Claudine Gay announced in an email to faculty and staff Tuesday afternoon.


FAS Announces Task Force on Visual Culture and Signage

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences has launched a task force on visual culture and signage, FAS Dean Claudine Gay announced in an email to FAS affiliates Tuesday.


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