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Aidan F. Ryan

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Bacow in China
Higher Education

Bacow Makes First Official Trip to Asia, Defends Academic Freedom and Harvard’s Global Presence

In his second international trip, University President Lawrence S. Bacow defended academic freedom and outlined his vision for Harvard’s future in China, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Bacow at Inauguration

Bacow Expresses Support for Winthrop Climate Review

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview last week that he supports the College’s efforts to “get a sense of what's really going on” through its review of Winthrop House climate amid outcry over Faculty Dean Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr.’s decision to represent Harvey Weinstein.

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.

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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.

Harvard Law School Library

52 Harvard Law School Professors Voice Support for Sullivan

​​​​​​​Fifty-two Harvard Law School professors signed a letter supporting their fellow Professor and Winthrop House Faculty Dean Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. as he faces on-campus scrutiny following his decision to represent Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Seeing Blue: The Harvard Corporation and Its Political Contributions

Despite Harvard’s concerted effort to present a non-partisan front, many members of the Harvard Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — still maintain strong, traceable ties to Democrats.

University Hall

Harvard Launches Pilot Pulse Survey Following Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

The Office of Institutional Research is administering a pilot Pulse Survey for approximately 50,000 Harvard affiliates — the first-ever University-wide survey of its kind.

Sullivan Updated

Winthrop House Deans Address Flyers Some Students Consider ‘Racially Offensive’ in Email

Winthrop House Faculty Deans Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr. and Stephanie R. Robinson addressed student concerns about “racially offensive” flyers calling for Sullivan’s removal from his post as a faculty dean in a Sunday email to Winthrop affiliates.

University Hall

Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Bomb Harvard, Shoot Attendees of 2017 Black Commencement

The man who threatened to bomb Harvard and shoot attendees of the University’s 2017 black Commencement ceremony pleaded guilty to charges related to the matter. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 23, 2019.

Harvard Money
Harvard in the World

‘Which Side Are You On?’: Harvard Affiliates, Cambridge Residents Condemn University Ties To Saudi Arabia

Roughly 100 Cambridge residents — including several Harvard and MIT affiliates — gathered at the Cambridge Public Library Wednesday to call on local universities to be transparent about their partnerships with financial backers in a night filled with speeches and song.

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HUPD Investigating Winthrop House Graffiti Calling for Sullivan’s Removal

Harvard University police are investigating graffiti found Monday morning that called for Winthrop House Faculty Dean Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., to step down from his position. A vandal used white spray paint to cover exterior doors and walls of each of the house’s three buildings with slogans reading “Down w Sullivan!,” “Your Silence is Violence,” “Whose Side Are You On?,” and “Our Rage is Self Defense.”

Winthrop House Commencement

Association of Black Harvard Women Calls on Winthrop Dean Sullivan to Resign

The Association of Black Harvard Women executive board emailed University administrators Thursday afternoon, calling on Winthrop House Faculty Dean Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., to step down from his post following his decision to represent film producer Harvey Weinstein as he stands accused of rape.

Massachusetts Hall, Fall 2017
Central Administration

Former Employee Sues Harvard For Racial Discrimination, Failure to Accommodate Her Disability, and Retaliation

Former employee Melissa Defay filed a lawsuit against Harvard Wednesday alleging the University racially discriminated against her, failed to accommodate her disability, and retaliated against her when she raised these concerns.

Winthrop House Commencement

House Tutors Hold ‘Listening Sessions’ in Response to Sullivan’s Decision to Represent Weinstein

Since the news of Sullivan’s decision to represent Weinstein first broke, Lowell, Currier, Eliot, Dunster, Mather, and Leverett tutors have held listening sessions for students to air their concerns about Sullivan.

Harvard Business School
Central Administration

Transgender Applicant Alleges in Suit Harvard Discriminated and Retaliated Against Her in Admissions Decision

The complainant alleges that, in October 2017, a male admissions officer from the Business School forcibly kissed her at a BGLTQ open house and that the University unlawfully discriminated against her in the admissions process.