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Government Professor Calls on Harvard to Adopt ‘Minimum Standards’ for Affiliation Following Capitol Riots

Harvard Government professor Ryan D. Enos called on the University to adopt “minimum standards” for affiliation with Harvard that “include supporting free elections and not encouraging violence” in a letter to University President Lawrence S. Bacow on Sunday.


‘We Anticipated This’: Shorenstein Center Faculty and Researchers React to Riots on Capitol Hill

Faculty and researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy said the role of digital platforms in catalyzing the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol Wednesday exposed an acute need for media accountability.


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.


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.


Harvard Students Launch Voter Monitoring Service in Time for Georgia Senate Runoffs

Harvard students launched a tool Friday for Georgia residents to monitor their voter registration statuses ahead of next month’s contentious Senate runoff elections in the state.


Political Scientists Discuss the Role of Federalism in Combating Coronavirus at DRCLAS Webinar

Political science professors analyzed how countries with federalist systems — those that combine national and regional governance — responded to the coronavirus pandemic at an online event hosted Tuesday by Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.


Boston Fed President Lectures on Pandemic Recession

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren said the coronavirus-driven economic crisis has wreaked extensive damage on industries disrupted by social-distancing recommendations and travel bans.


Researcher Presents New Poll on Cuban American Political Beliefs at DRCLAS Event

Guillermo J. Grenier, a sociology professor at Florida International University, presented his research on the Republican party’s popularity among Cuban American voters in Miami-Dade County, Fla. during a Friday webinar.


Harvard Researchers Warn 2016 Polling Mistakes Serve as a 'Cautionary Tale' in 2020

Harvard researchers cautioned against “overconfidence” in polling data in a paper published Tuesday on their analysis of pollsters’ incorrect predictions 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary R. Clinton would win the previous election.


HKS Prof. Aldy Talks Clean Energy, Economic Policy at Belfer Center Webinar

Harvard Kennedy School professor Joseph E. Aldy discussed how policymakers can learn from past models to maximize the impact of current American energy legislation at a Monday webinar hosted by the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.


Harvard Faculty Criticize Findings, Methodology in Charles Murray Webinar

Charles A. Murray ’65 spoke to Harvard affiliates at a Friday webinar about his new book, which criticizes the idea that race and gender are social constructs. Faculty in attendance criticized his work, saying it makes unfounded claims and is rooted in flawed methodology.


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.


Government Dept. Chair Apologizes for ‘Pain and Hurt’ in Wake of Gov 50 Allegations

Government department chair Jeffry A. Frieden acknowledged a history of student mistrust in the department and reiterated the concentration’s commitment to inclusion in a Friday email to colleagues, in the wake of allegations that Government 50: “Data” preceptor David D. Kane made racist blog posts under a pseudonym.


Professor Kosuke Imai to Oversee Gov 50; Kane Will Continue Teaching

Government professor Kosuke Imai will take over as the official head of Government 50: “Data” in order to “ensure that the course can proceed without further disruption,” divisional Dean of  Social Science Lawrence D. Bobo and Government department Chair Jeffry A. Frieden announced in a letter to students Thursday.


Faculty Members Call EphBlog Posts ‘Horrible’ and ‘Deeply Disturbing’

After students alleged that Government department preceptor and Government 50: “Data” instructor David D. Kane authored racist posts on his website EphBlog, some of his fellow Harvard faculty members called the posts “horrible” and “deeply disturbing.”


Gov 50 Preceptor David Kane to Resume Lecturing Despite Calls for His Removal

Harvard instructor David D. Kane will remain as preceptor for Government 50: “Data” and resume teaching duties on October 13, according to an email he sent out to students Tuesday night.


Gov 50 Students React to Allegations Against Instructor with Anger, Surprise

Dozens of students condemn allegations that Government instructor David D. Kane authored racist blog posts endorsing bigotry and white supremacy.


Harvard Undergraduate Council Endorses Removal of Gov 50 Instructor

Harvard’s Undergraduate Council unanimously passed legislation in a Sunday meeting supporting the removal of Government preceptor David D. Kane from his teaching position and position as head advisor for the Data Science track within the Government department.


Preceptor David Kane to Temporarily Stop Lecturing in Gov 50

David D. Kane — Government preceptor and Government 50: “Data” instructor — and the class’s course staff jointly announced to students in a Sunday email that Kane will temporarily stop teaching lectures effective Tuesday.


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