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William E. McKibben

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Harvard’s Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels Teaches the Value of Persistence

Had the effort ever lapsed in the face of official scorn, Harvard would still be in league with Exxon, trying to make a little more money off the collapse of the planet. I remember most vividly Harvard Heat Week, in April of 2015. Some of those memories are uncomfortable — sleeping one night in the shrubbery outside Massachusetts Hall, and the next in the occupied alumni office.


Send a Letter, Not a Check

I’m pretty sure that, all its defensive sputtering aside, Harvard will eventually divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies.


Him and His Calvinism

In the Beginning "I remember walking in my backyard when I was three and thinking about God. Looking at the


Four More Years

J OURNALISTS wishing to advance their own views on a topic must usually follow certain forms; I wish to discuss


A Mixed Blessing

Last winter, as the final tenants moved out of a Harvard-owned building at 7 Sumner Rd., one said "it's no


Homage to Pilgrimage

You may multiply your prayers, I shall not listen Your hands are covered with blood wash, make your selves clean


The Most Dangerous Wave

"Can we understand why the Negroes of Watts rebelled 'Then shy do we need a devil theory to explain the


Reminder, Not Revelation

"I do know that North Vietnam, while definitely no Shangri La, is a truly remarkable country, that the North Vietnam