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‘This Has to Stop’: Harvard Set to Consider Institutional Neutrality

Interim Harvard President Alan M. Garber ’76 is expected to announce a working group that will consider a policy of institutional neutrality, a move that comes just months after the University became embroiled in controversy over its response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

Amid Backlash to Antisemitic Post, Harvard Professor Resigns From Pro-Palestine Groups

Walter Johnson, a professor of History and African and African American Studies, resigned as a faculty adviser to the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee and from Faculty and Staff for Justice in Palestine after the groups faced a wave of backlash for sharing a post containing an antisemitic image.

‘And Then The Politics Came Into It’: Evolving Jewish Community Spaces at Harvard

While political tensions are pervasive to many, and dictate the actions of some, many Jewish students have remained united by the recognition of a common identity with some of those they disagree with, and an aspiration for mutual understanding.

Former Presidential Advisor Jared Kushner Discusses Israel-Hamas War at Harvard Kennedy School

Jared C. Kushner ’03, an advisor to former president Donald Trump, said acknowledging a Palestinian state would involve “supporting an act of terror perpetrated in Israel” during an event at the Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday.

HKS Lecturer Alleges Dean Elmendorf Mishandled Investigation Into Charges of Antisemitism

After Harvard Kennedy School professor Marshall L. Ganz ’64 faced allegations of antisemitism from three Israeli students, HKS Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf opened an investigation — a process that Elmendorf mishandled, Ganz alleged in an interview on Friday.

Anonymous Posters, Vandalism Spur Tensions on Harvard’s Campus

The appearance of antisemitic and anti-Palestinian posters on Harvard’s campus and a string of poster vandalisms have caused further controversy on a campus already divided since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

Nearly 200 Harvard Students Hold ‘Die-In’ Protesting Airstrikes on Rafah

Nearly 200 students gathered on Widener steps to stage a “die-in” demanding that Harvard disclose and divest its financial ties to “companies complicit in human rights abuses towards Palestinians” on Monday afternoon.

More Than 30 Harvard Students Hunger Strike for 12 Hours in Solidarity With Brown Protesters

More than 30 pro-Palestinian Harvard students participated in a 12-hour hunger strike Friday in solidarity with 17 students at Brown University who refused to eat for eight days to pressure the Brown Corporation to divest from Israel.

Jonah Steinberg Will Advise Harvard Antisemitism Task Force, Boaz Barak Joins as Member

Interim Harvard President Alan M. Garber ’76 named former Harvard Hillel Executive Director Jonah C. Steinberg as an adviser to the presidential task force on antisemitism and appointed Computer Science professor Boaz Barak to join the group.

Harvard FAS Dean Hoekstra Convenes Committee on Classroom Norms

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Hopi E. Hoekstra is convening a faculty committee to address classroom norms, she announced at an FAS meeting Tuesday amid heightened concerns over academic freedom and about classroom disruptions by pro-Palestine student activists.

Harvard Students Return to ‘Calmer’ Campus After Fall Semester Marked by Turmoil

When Harvard College students left campus for winter break, the student body was divided. With students in fierce disagreement over the Israel-Hamas war and former President Claudine Gay’s leadership of the University, rifts continued to grow, and a bright national spotlight landed on Harvard and its students.

Harvard Undergraduates Form Forward-Thinking Jewish Union

Around a dozen Jewish undergraduates formed the Harvard Forward-Thinking Jewish Union last semester to create a space for students to engage in discussions questioning Zionism and Jewish life on campus.

Harvard President Garber Slams ‘Pernicious’ Campus Antisemitism

Interim University President Alan M. Garber ’76 pledged to tackle “pernicious” antisemitism on Harvard’s campus, saying he is most concerned about self-censorship in the face of anti-Israel attacks in an interview Wednesday — his first since assuming office on Jan. 2.

Billionaire Megadonor Ken Griffin Says He Will Stop Donations to Harvard

Billionaire hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin ’89 said he is pausing donations to Harvard over its handling of antisemitism on campus, a move that comes less than one year after donating $300 million to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Columbia Professor Rashid Khalidi Discusses ‘Colonial War’ in Gaza at CMES Event

Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, said the war in Israel and Gaza should be understood as a settler colonial conflict at a Tuesday event hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

After Student Resignations, IOP Passes New Policy Outlining Guidelines for Issuing Statements

The Harvard Institute of Politics’ Student Advisory Committee voted on Monday to approve a new policy outlining how the group can issue statements, a move that comes after the body faced internal divisions over whether to issue a statement after Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

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