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Shera S. Avi-Yonah

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Private School Graduates Overrepresented Among Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

The students elected to Harvard’s chapter of the national academic society Phi Beta Kappa each year boast near-perfect grades and glowing recommendations. Most of them also hold diplomas from wealthy private high schools or well-funded public ones.


Khurana Says He Supports Students’ Right to Protest for Divestment

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana said in an interview Tuesday that he has met with students advocating for the University’s divestment from fossil fuels and companies with ties to the prison industry and that he supports their right to engage in activism — including through protest.

Students Leaving Winthrop

In Wake of Sullivan Controversy, Some Winthrop Residents Apply to Transfer Houses

Two Winthrop undergraduates wrote and circulated a Medium post about their decision to transfer houses following Faculty Dean Ronald S. Sullivan’s announcement he will represent Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Dean Khurana on Winthrop

Khurana, O’Dair Tight-Lipped on Winthrop Review, Miller Lawsuit

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana declined to comment on the Winthrop House “climate review” and a lawsuit brought by a pair of Winthrop tutors against an Eliot House faculty dean in a Tuesday interview.

Roland Fryer Headshot

Complainant Withdrew Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Complaint Against Harvard Prof. Roland Fryer

A state-level investigation into whether Economics Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr. sexually harassed and retaliated against a former female employee concluded in February by agreement of the parties, according to documents obtained by The Crimson.

Printing the Mueller Report

Harvard Book Store Prints Copies of the Mueller Report

In a bid to satisfy Cambridge political junkies, the Harvard Book Store began printing copies of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s report on links between the Trump campaign and Russia Thursday, shortly after Attorney General William P. Barr released a redacted copy to the public.

Winthrop 2019

UC Rejects Statement in Support of Undergrad Who Filed Police Report About Confrontation With Winthrop Tutor

The UC voted against passing a statement of support for Danu A.K. Mudannayake ’20 — a student activist who has repeatedly called for Winthrop House Faculty Dean Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. to step down after he announced he would represent Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein — at their general meeting Sunday.

Winthrop 2019

Winthrop Tutors Sue Eliot Faculty Dean for Defamation

Winthrop House tutors Carl L. Miller and Valencia Miller filed a lawsuit against Eliot House Faculty Dean Gail A. O’Keefe in Massachusetts Superior Court on Thursday, alleging that O’Keefe made defamatory statements both about their “professional reputation” and their response to a confrontation between them and a College student on April 3.

The Phillips Brooks House

College Launches Public Service Dean Search One Year After Previous Dean's Departure

Harvard launched its search for a new public service dean last week, nearly a year after the former assistant dean for public service, Gene A. Corbin, left the post.

CAHMS Office

Barreira Says HUHS Shares Mental Health Evaluations with College Before and After Leaves of Absence

​​​​​​​Harvard University Health Services shares undergraduates’ mental health evaluations with College administrators before students go on or return from leaves of absence with their permission, Paul J. Barreira, outgoing HUHS director, said in an interview last week.

Winthrop 2019

Winthrop Tutors Plan to File Title IX Complaint Regarding Confrontation with Student

A lawyer representing Winthrop House tutors Carl L. Miller and Valencia Miller wrote in a Tuesday letter to Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana they plan to file a Title IX complaint regarding their interactions with College student Danu A.K. Mudannayake ’20 in the Winthrop dining hall last Wednesday.

Renovated Winthrop

Student, Winthrop Tutor File Police Reports Following Dining Hall Incident

A Harvard College student and a Winthrop House tutor filed conflicting police reports referencing each other with the Harvard University Police Department after an incident in the House’s dining hall Wednesday evening.

Dorm Crew Office

Education Professor’s Tweet Sparks Debate Over Harvard Dorm Crew

A group of academics and students have charged in articles and on Twitter that Dorm Crew — a Harvard College program in which undergraduates clean other students’ bathrooms for pay — is demeaning to the students who participate in it.

HCFA Building

With Unclear Consequences, HCFA’s Year-Long Probation Comes to a Close

Campus Christian group Harvard College Faith and Action’s year-long probationary period came to a close March 9, according to College spokesperson Aaron M. Goldman. The group’s co-presidents say it has now returned to its regular status.

GSAS's Dudley House
Student Groups

Doctoral Students Charge Insufficient Support for Cultural Affinity Groups in Proposal

Leaders of several Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student groups submitted a proposal to administrators in December calling for major changes to the way GSAS and Dudley House support affinity groups.