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Federal Judge Upholds Ruling Against Former Bolivian President in Human Rights Case Brought by HLS Clinic

HLS’s International Human Rights Clinic secured a historic victory as a federal judge turned down a former Bolivian president and defense minister's request to reverse a judgement against them for the massacre of Indigenous people.


‘An Endangered Species’: The Scarcity of Harvard’s Conservative Faculty

While the University has made a concerted effort across the past decade to promote gender and racial diversity among its faculty, Harvard has not made any explicit attempts to bolster representation from across the ideological spectrum.


U.S. Rep. Pressley Addresses Racial Disparities at HSPH Event

U.S. Representative Ayanna S. Pressley (D-Mass) discussed racial disparities in the impact of Covid-19 and her overarching legislative priorities as part of Harvard School of Public Health’s “Voices in Leadership During Crises” series on Thursday.


Hundreds Sign Letter Asking Harvard to Designate Election Day as University-Wide ‘Democracy Day’

More than 600 Harvard affiliates signed an open letter asking University President Lawrence S. Bacow to designate federal Election Days as instruction-free “Democracy Days” that would offer a holiday to employees and students and provide civic engagement programming.


Harvard Law School Hosts Event Marking Five Years Since Ekpar Asat's Disappearance

Advocates and supporters of Ekpar Asat — a tech entrepreneur and brother of Rayhan Asat, Harvard Law School’s first Uighur graduate — gathered Wednesday in a virtual event commemorating five years since his unexplained disappearance in a Xinjiang internment camp.


MacArthur Foundation President Addresses Technology and Public Interest in Law School’s Annual Klinsky Lecture

President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation John G. Palfrey ’94 spoke to Harvard Law School students about the intersections of technology and the public interest — a topic he said is increasingly relevant as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — on Monday.


Harvard Economics Professor Talks Broken American Health System

William C. Hsiao, an Economics professor emeritus at the Harvard School of Public Health, spoke about the problems with America’s health system and the potential benefits of a single-payer system during a HSPH webinar on Thursday.


Founders of Nonprofit Dedicated to BGLTQ, Black Rights Advocate Defunding the Police at HKS Event

Founders of the Black Visions Collective — a nonprofit based in Minnesota that advocates for Black empowerment — spoke about their local organizing work and the defund the police movement at a Harvard Kennedy School event Wednesday.


Harvard Law School Clinic Publishes Reports on Activism, Boston Public Safety Reform

A Harvard Law School clinic that offers professional experience to law students in negotiation and mediation published two reports at the end of last year on political activism and public safety reform in Boston.


Danielle Allen Calls for Expansion of U.S. ‘Civic Infrastructure’ At Kennedy School Panel

University Professor Danielle S. Allen and Rockefeller Brothers Fund President and CEO Stephen B. Heintz presented strategies to strengthen civic engagement at a virtual panel co-hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School Wednesday.


Harvard Affiliates Troubled by Biden’s Stance on Student Loan Debt

Harvard students reacted with disappointment and frustration after President Joe Biden said on Feb. 16 he would not forgive more than $10,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower, singling out Harvard as an institution whose students did not require debt relief.


Harvard Professors Allen, Kamensky Help Develop Roadmap for U.S. Civics Reform

Educating for American Democracy — a team of more than 300 academics and educators with Harvard professors Danielle S. Allen and Jane Kamensky on its executive committee – outlined plans to reform the civics curriculum in the United States on Monday.


Bloomberg Donates $150 Million for New Center for Cities

The gift is the second major donation Bloomberg Philanthropies — the philanthropic organization run by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg — has given to Harvard in the last decade. Bloomberg, a graduate of Harvard Business School, previously funded the creation of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, which provides training to mayors across the country.


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