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After Agreeing to Repatriate Ponca Tomahawk, Peabody Museum Awaits Visit from Tribal Leaders

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology removed a pipe tomahawk that once belonged to Ponca chief Standing Bear from its collections last September, after calls for the museum to return the tomahawk to the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma garnered international attention.


‘We’ll Keep Telling the Truth’: A Century Later, Harvard Affiliates Continue Pushing Harvard to Address 1920 Secret Court

In 1920, administrators at Harvard convened a Secret Court to convict 14 individuals "guilty" of involvement or ties to "any homosexual act." A century later — but just two decades after the Court was first exposed — affiliates continue efforts to address the little-known history.


Charles L. Greenblatt

Charles L. Greenblatt ’52 pictured during his Harvard undergraduate years. Greenblatt was then a spokesperson for the Society of Minority Rights, a student club that condemned the 1952 cross burning in Harvard Yard.


Zachary B. Nowak

Zachary B. Nowak, a lecturer in the Department of History, who teaches a popular class on Harvard history, was stunned when he heard of the existence of the KKK at the University.


Harvard History Professor Presents Life and Legacy of John F. Kennedy '40 at IOP Event

Harvard History professor Fredrik Logevall presented his research on the political development of former President John F. Kennedy ’40 while he was a student at Harvard College at a virtual Harvard Kennedy School forum Tuesday.


Harvard Faculty Sign Open Letter Calling for Trump’s Impeachment

Twelve Harvard faculty joined more than 300 American historians and legal scholars in signing an open letter calling for President Donald J. Trump to be impeached for the second time in his presidential term.


Harvard Professors Sign Letter Supporting President Trump’s Impeachment

Twenty-five Harvard faculty joined more than 1,500 historians to sign an open letter Monday denouncing President Donald J. Trump’s “numerous and flagrant abuses of power” and calling for his impeachment.


Chen Jian Discusses Zhou Enlai at JFK Jr. Forum

Chen Jian, a history professor at Cornell University, discussed his upcoming biography of Zhou Enlai — the first Premier of the People's Republic of China — examining Zhou's role in Chinese political history, during a talk at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Monday evening.


Responding to a ‘Crisis in the Humanities,’ Harvard History Dept. Rebrands

Most notably, this fall the department rolled out a new series of “foundations” courses geared toward freshmen and students outside the concentration, including those attempting to fulfill the General Education program’s new Social Sciences distributional requirement.


Robinson Hall

Robinson Hall houses the History department, which launched a campaign promoting introductory-level classes to freshmen and non-concentrators this semester.


Harvard Has 'The Law on Our Side' in Lawsuit Over Photos of Slaves, Bacow Says

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Friday that he is confident Harvard is on the right side of the law in a suit alleging that Harvard unlawfully possesses and profits off two photographs of American slaves that are believed to be the oldest of their kind in existence.


Harvard Finishes Eight-Month Renovation of Robinson Hall

The University has finished an eight-month renovation of Robinson Hall, one of the last buildings in Harvard Yard that was not wheelchair accessible. The construction project added an elevator, modernized offices and classrooms in the building, and relocated the bathrooms.


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