Square Businesses, Harvard Museums and Libraries Keep Doors Closed as Mass. Enters Phase Three of Reopening
As Massachusetts moved into the third phase of its reopening plan Monday, Harvard museums and libraries — as well as local fitness centers and movie theaters — are keeping their doors shut.
The Harvard Semitic Museum has changed its name to the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, the museum announced earlier this month.
Museums affiliated with Harvard announced they will temporarily close in response to the coronavirus outbreak that has shuttered much of the University’s campus.
Archaeologist Matthew Spriggs spoke about the often-overlooked contributions of indigenous people and women in archaeology in the Pacific during a talk at the Harvard Museum of Natural History Tuesday evening.
A team of researchers led by Professor Peter D. Manuelian, director of the Harvard Semitic Museum, newly discovered an image of an ancient Egyptian deity inside a 3,000-year-old coffin.
Students across the University have created a new coalition demanding that Harvard stop displaying, publishing, and selling the rights to the images of two enslaved people.
The Faculty Executive Committee of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology will develop initiatives to increase public access to a set of historic photographs of enslaved people at the center of a lawsuit against Harvard, according to an email museum director Jane Pickering sent to the Committee.
The Cambridge City Council passed a resolution Monday calling on Harvard to remove Arthur M. Sackler’s name from its museum. Cambridge Mayor Marc C. McGovern proposed the resolution, which was passed unanimously by the council.
Nearly 200 Harvard affiliates and supporters signed onto an online petition calling for Harvard University to stop continuing to display, publish, and sell the rights to the images of two enslaved people.
Schall’s talk, entitled “An Evolutionary Journey through Domestication,” drew on her work as a biology professor and dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay has appointed Jane Pickering as the new director of the Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Gay announced in an email to museum affiliates Tuesday.
In recent months, dozens of mothers whose children died from opioid overdoses wrote letters to Bacow urging him to cut ties with the Sacklers and refuse future funding from them.
A recent lawsuit accusing former zoology professor Louis Agassiz of using photos of slaves to promote racist ideologies has reignited conversations about his name and legacy, but, Harvard staff say the Agassiz name on campus honors the contributions of his wife and son rather than his own.
The mothers’ efforts to pressure the University come at a time when other prestigious institutions that have received donations from the Sacklers are grappling with similar entreaties from activists.