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The American Dream Without Anti-Racism Is Just Another Nightmare

While I wish I could believe in the Constitution and the illustrious “American Dream,” my experiences as a black woman are poignant reminders that such luxuries were and continue to be reserved for a select few.


Back at Harvard Seeking Truth and Justice for My Brother

My brother will continue and has already become one of the human faces of the Chinese government’s ongoing atrocities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.


Health Disparities Close to Home

We need to continue to come together as one medical, public health, and scientific community, not only to respond to the moment – but to pay attention to what we are learning and be ready for what comes next.


We Can Go Farther Together

As the graduating Class of 2020 leaves Harvard, they enter a world where they can make a different choice. They can choose to work together, to embrace knowledge from, and create knowledge with partners from around the world.


For the Public Interest

You’ve worked hard, you’ve earned it, and you should celebrate as much as you can in this socially distanced moment. But remember, it’s not the degree that’s special — it’s the opportunity to make the most of it.


A Letter From Harvard’s Faculty Deans to the Class of 2020

As the semester now winds down, we wish for so much for all of you: good health and safety, first and foremost, but also meaningful work, moments of joy and fun, and friendships that nurture and enlarge you.


Sounding like a Stranger

I try to rebirth and redefine our history within the contexts of my books and lectures and to find space within my people’s tradition for a remixed language that is both broken and Harvardesque.


Amid COVID-19, Protecting Harvard’s Teaching Faculty is Essential

As students from concentrations that rely on non-tenure-track faculty for instruction, we strongly urge Harvard to respond to this petition with action: extend appointments for non-tenure track faculty by at least one year.


The First Generation

We are the first to have every stage of our life upended by the powerful and modern mix of climate change, digitization, and globalization — let’s call this the connected world.


America’s Two Kinds of Justice

The murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia should shock our collective conscience not only for its brazenness but because it proves, yet again, that our system of justice does not work for everyone.


In Defense of a Virtual Fall

While we understand that virtual instruction is hardly comparable to in-person instruction, Harvard can and should prepare for a more equalizing online semester with stronger academic and extracurricular opportunities.


Dear Incoming Freshmen: Take a Gap Year!

What’s so bad about taking a year off? The Class of 2025 is waiting for you. It may just be the best decision you’ve ever made.


DeVos Isn’t Interested in Protecting You from Sexual Violence

DeVos’s new regulations tip the process of filing a formal complaint in favor of the accused, making it unreasonably difficult for survivors of sexual violence to seek justice.


In Defense of Elizabeth Bartholet: A Homeschool Graduate Speaks Out

Far too often, parents choose to homeschool based on an idealized narrative of close families, high test scores, and perfectly sheltered children, without considering the risks of intense groupthink and social isolation.


From Smallpox to COVID-19: Lessons from Canceled Harvard Commencements

We are part of a story of tragedy and epidemy. Our ancestors went through the same uncertainty we do. Their courage, imagination, and unity can inspire ours. They carried on, so we can carry on.


Virtually Social: Painting Over Zoom

We were hearing, feeling, painting together. A shared experience consolidated in virtual snippets of reality and unexpected abstractions, rather than the physical space of the studio.


Recalibrating Our COVID-19 Response

It is my hope that we can find a new consensus about how to move forward. The data unmistakably show who is most at risk (the elderly) and who is least at risk (the young and healthy). The difference is stark.


Zooming in on Power Dynamics

In the midst of this normalization, it is productive— both for sociological insight and as a pedagogical tool — to reflect on the power dynamics and norms that we had taken for granted.


Harvard Does Not Have a $41 Billion Cayman Islands Account

We need to avoid knee-jerk reactions that equate wealth with excess and include the long-term costs of reduced financial health in our decision-making.


Harvard’s Big Math Problem: COVID-19 Gap Semesters

Rather than making any quick policy announcements about leaves of absence, the FAS planning committee should commit to making decisions based on detailed quantitative models.


COVID-19’s Success is Our Collective Failure

It is high time we pause to correct course and join hands in fighting this global menace by leading from the front. We need to rethink the public health measures and prepare ourselves for a long haul by being resilient.


Fighting Racism in the Time of Coronavirus

We have the responsibility to use our freedom of speech to counter the hateful words and to show support for fellow human beings, especially those who are in trouble and in pain.


The Case for Zoom Commencement

Is my virtual course as good as it was in person? No. But, after six weeks, I have learned how to make it not suck too much. Those lessons may be helpful to graduation planners.


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