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Drew Faust

Harvard Faces Lawsuit Alleging It Unlawfully Possesses and Profits from First Photos of Slaves

Standing opposite the Harvard Club of New York and surrounded by cameras, microphones, and lawyers, a Connecticut woman announced Wednesday that she has sued Harvard to gain the rights to historic photos of people she says are her ancestors — and to challenge the University’s continued ties to slavery.

Bacow at Convocation
University Finances

Amid Student Calls for a Forum on Divestment, Bacow Remains Steadfast

Bacow’s position comes at a time when student activists from across the University are reinvigorating their calls for Bacow and the Harvard Management Company — the University’s investment arm — to withdraw its controversial investments.

Capitol Building

Bacow Advocates for ‘Permanent Resolution’ for DACA and TPS Protections in Letter to Lawmakers

University President Lawrence S. Bacow penned a letter to United States Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Tuesday calling on them to pass legislation to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status programs.

University Hall
Central Administration

Deputy General Counsel Diane Lopez Named Next Harvard VP and General Counsel

Lopez will take over June 1 as current Senior Vice President and General Counsel Robert W. Iuliano ’83 departs for Gettysburg College to serve as the school’s next president. Lopez first came to Harvard in 1994 as a University attorney in the Office of General Counsel.

Mass Hall

University President Survey Shows Only 37 Percent Are Confident in Harvard’s Admissions Trial Defense

A questionnaire sent to college and university presidents around the country in January showed that only four in 10 surveyed are confident Harvard will win its current admissions lawsuit, according to findings published Friday.

Harvard Kennedy School

François Hollande Calls for a 'New Europe' at the Harvard Kennedy School’s European Conference

Former President of France François Hollande delivered the closing remarks for the 2019 European Conference which took place at Harvard Kennedy School this weekend, calling for the creation of a “new Europe.”

Divestment Rally
University Finances

Prison Divestment Advocates Rally, Deliver Petition to Harvard President Bacow

More than 100 Harvard affiliates gathered outside of Massachusetts Hall Friday to deliver a petition to University President Lawrence S. Bacow urging Harvard to disclose and divest its holdings in companies tied to the prison industry.

Divestment Rally
Central Administration

Divestment Rally

A group of Harvard affiliates rallied Friday to call on University President Lawrence S. Bacow to divest from private prisons.

Harvard Money
University News

Harvard Money

Sally Haslanger, Professor from MIT, shares her skepticism with the audience regarding the use of Saudi money and the positive impact that MIT claims it can have on the community. She stresses her dissatisfaction with what she perceives as the "plutocracy" that has developed at MIT and Harvard.

Widener Library

Whitehead Appointed New Head of Harvard Library

Her selection comes after an international search conducted by a committee comprising University faculty members, administrators, and library leaders. The search process also included two town-hall meetings.

Central Administration

Bacow Defends Harvard Against Claims of Elitism in D.C. Panel

University President Lawrence S. Bacow discussed the challenges higher education institutions face and defended Harvard’s leading role among colleges and universities at an American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution panel Thursday.

On Campus

New Assessment Recommends Removing Century-Old Tree at Harvard Divinity School

Arborists have said that a century-old oak tree at Harvard Divinity School should be removed, the University announced Thursday evening.

Affirmative Action Trial
Higher Education

Harvard General Counsel Iuliano to Lead Gettysburg College

Iuliano — who oversees Harvard’s legal strategy in the midst of multiple high-profile lawsuits — will begin his new role in Gettysburg, Pa. on July 1 after the school’s current president, Janet M. Riggs, retires, according to a statement posted on Gettysburg College’s website.

Leverett Dining Hall

Leverett Dining Workers Concerned By Lack of Separate Changing Rooms, Racist Graffiti

Amid rising concerns over the lack of separate changing rooms for workers of all genders, dining hall employees in Leverett House are calling for a meeting with management to address issues of “safety, dignity, and respect."

Harvard Facing Many Lawsuits
Central Administration

Bacow Says Harvard Ready to Face Recent Flurry of Lawsuits

Harvard is currently facing a plethora of lawsuits, some against its admissions policies and some challenging its single-gender social group sanctions.