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Af Am Department

University Hall
FAS

Amid Cornel West’s Tenure Dispute, Faculty and Students Clash Over Harvard’s Treatment Of Black Scholars

In light of the threatened departure of Professor Cornel R. West ’74, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay said that Harvard is “unequivocally” committed to supporting an environment in which faculty of color can thrive.

UC Meetings
Undergraduate Council

UC Endorses Petitions in Support of Cornel West and Against Statements by J. Mark Ramseyer

The Undergraduate Council voted to endorse a pair of statements during its Sunday night meeting — one supporting a petition to grant tenure to Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy Cornel R. West ’74, and another to condemn statements made by Harvard Law professor J. Mark Ramseyer.

Cornel West at the Strike
FAS

Cornel West Threatens Second Departure from Harvard

Harvard professor and outspoken political activist Cornel R. West ’74 has threatened to leave Harvard — again — after he said the University dismissed his request to be considered for tenure.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
FAS

Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. Named Don M. Randel Award Recipient

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences named University Professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. a recipient of its Don M. Randel Award for Humanistic Studies on Wednesday, making him the seventh honoree since the award’s inception in 1975.

University Hall
FAS

Harvard Faculty Sign Open Letter Calling for Trump’s Impeachment

Twelve Harvard faculty joined more than 300 American historians and legal scholars in signing an open letter calling for President Donald J. Trump to be impeached for the second time in his presidential term.

Tozzer Building
FAS

Anthropology Prof. John Comaroff Placed on Administrative Leave Following Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay placed Anthropology and African and African-American Studies professor John L. Comaroff on paid administrative leave Monday afternoon following allegations that he sexually harassed students and retaliated against those who spoke out against him.

Barker Center
Race

Jeff Sessions Appears to Refer to Renowned Black Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as ‘Some Criminal’ in New York Times Interview

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared to refer to prominent Black Harvard professor Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. as “some criminal” in an interview for a New York Times story published Tuesday.

Barker Center
Af Am Department

Graduate Students Protest Potential Police Partnerships at African and African American Studies Meeting

Tensions flared in Harvard’s African and African American Studies Department this week after a professor proposed a forum to discuss potential partnerships with local police departments.

Tozzer Building
Af Am Department

Anthropology, African and African-American Studies Students Call for ‘Transformative Change’ in Petition to Department Heads

Students distributed a petition Monday outlining steps toward “radical, truly transformative change” to department structures they say facilitated abuse, beginning with the removal of three faculty accused of sexual misconduct.

Barker Center
FAS

Harvard, University of Michigan Professors Discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Effect on Prisons

Heather Ann Thompson, a Pulitzer prize-winning author and University of Michigan professor, discussed the relationship between pandemics and prisons in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during a virtual event on Thursday.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Race

Queen Latifah, Rita Dove, and Robert Smith Receive Annual W. E. B. Du Bois Medal

In addition to Latifah, Dove, and Smith this year’s recipients include co-founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila C. Johnson; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander; artist Kerry James Marshall; and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie G. Bunch III.

Black Womxn Gala
Student Groups

Annual Gala Honors Black Women at Harvard

The Black Men’s Forum honored History and African and African American studies Professor Elizabeth Hinton at its 25th annual Celebration of Black Womxn gala.

Martin Kilson
Af Am Department

Martin Kilson, First Tenured African American Professor at Harvard, Dies at 88

Government Professor Emeritus Martin L. Kilson, Jr., the first African American to receive full tenure at Harvard, died in hospice on April 24 of congestive heart failure at the age of 88.

Robot Arm
Harvard Law School

Incarcerated Youth Visit Harvard to Explore Career, Educational Options After Release

A handful of incarcerated youth traveled around Harvard's campus Thursday to learn about possible professional and educational paths they could pursue after their release from prison.

Henry Louis Gates
FAS

Rebuilding African and African American Studies

Over the course of the nineties, Harvard’s Afro-American Studies department put itself on the map primarily by increasing faculty recruitment.

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