‘This Political Revolution’: 50 Years Later, Harvard Alumni Reflect on Opposition to Nixon, Vietnam War
In interviews with The Crimson, members of the Class of 1973 reflected on the tumultuous political atmosphere of the era and its impact on the trajectory of their lives half a century later.
In Late 90s, Harvard Moved Toward ‘No Tolerance’ Smoking and Drinking Policies
Dean of the College Harry R. Lewis ’68 and Dean of Students Archie C. Epps III released a 16-clause statement outlining a strengthened alcohol policy on Oct. 22, 1997, leading to radical changes to Harvard’s alcohol and smoking rules in the late 1990s.
Sour Grapes: Harvard Students Pound the Table Over Table Grape Boycott
On Dec. 3, 1997, Harvard College undergraduates gathered at the polls to vote on the fate of a small but powerful presence of Sunday brunch: grapes.
A Year of Firsts: Class of 1998 Sees Strides in LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Representation
The 1997-98 academic year was undoubtedly a year of firsts for LGBTQ+ representation at Harvard College, seeing the first gay wedding at Memorial Church, Harvard’s first same-sex couple as faculty deans, and the first openly gay member of the University’s second-highest governing body, the Board of Overseers.
As Seniors Graduate Into Post-Dobbs World, Harvard’s Class of 1973 Recalls Landmark Legalization of Abortion
On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing the right to an abortion nationwide and reversing all state laws — including in Massachusetts — that completely banned the procedure.
The Age of the Internet: A New Generation of Harvard Students Plugs In
In 1995, a Harvard faculty committee called on all staff and faculty members to obtain personal computers and internet access by the summer of 1996. Since then, the internet has played an instrumental role in shaping the student experiences and future careers of Harvard undergraduates.
‘Feather in Your Cap’: Radcliffe Graduates Look Back on 50 Years of Co-Ed Living
In an unofficial merger move, the Class of 1973 saw co-ed living introduced during the spring of their first year. The decision resulted in an exchange — some male students moved up to inhabit Radcliffe housing, today known as the Quad — while some female students moved down to the river Houses.
Graduating Harvard Seniors Receive Diplomas at ‘Heartwarming’ House Ceremonies
Following morning Commencement proceedings in Tercentenary Theatre, graduating seniors returned to their residential houses Thursday to receive their diplomas at small ceremonies featuring food, photographs, and abundant house pride.
At Harvard Class Day 2023, Comedian Larry Wilmore Calls on Graduating Seniors to Pursue Their Passions
Emmy Award-winning television writer and comedian Larry Wilmore addressed the Harvard College Class of 2023 Wednesday, encouraging students to view success as a journey rather than a destination.
With Winthrop and Sackler, Harvard Faces Denaming Dilemma
Over the past few years, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum and Building, Winthrop House, and Mather House have all been subject to calls for denaming due to the legacies of their namesakes. Now, for the first time, the Univeristy is officially considering requests for renaming proposals, but students and alumni remain split on what should be done.
The Black Box of Harvard’s Campus Police
How much does the public know about Harvard University Police Department, the University’s private police force? In what ways is HUPD a “black box” — a system whose inner workings are unknown to outside observers?
Does Harvard Have an Academic Freedom Problem?
In the face of what many characterize as an academic freedom issue at Harvard, professors and students have created their own spaces for exchanging potentially controversial ideas. Nonetheless, they disagree on the stakes.
Leaving Legacy Behind
With the Supreme Court widely expected to strike down race-conscious admissions this summer, another Harvard College admissions practice — legacy and donor preferences — could be collateral damage.
What Happened to the Push for a Multicultural Center?
Following the onset of the pandemic, some believe students have stopped asking for a multicultural center, even as activism supporting an ethnic studies department and race-conscious admissions has persisted. Activists are now beginning to revive efforts for cultural centers or a multicultural space, though many have different views on what they would look like.