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The Supreme Court
Politics

Senator J.D. Vance Accuses Harvard, Other Universities of Planning to Defy Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

Senator J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) warned Harvard of a potential congressional investigation if the University fails to comply with the Supreme Court’s restrictions on the consideration of race in university admissions in a letter addressed to former President Lawrence S. Bacow on Thursday.

Department of Education
College

Federal Complaint Says Harvard Legacy Preferences in Admissions Violate Civil Rights Act

Three Black and Latinx groups filed a civil rights complaint against Harvard Monday morning alleging that the University’s consideration of legacy and donor preferences in the admissions process violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Dennis J. Carlone Speaks at Memorial Drive Rally
Cambridge City Council

Dennis Carlone Declines to Run for Reelection, Reflects on Cambridge City Council Tenure

After 10 years in public office, Dennis J. Carlone has announced that he will not seek reelection to the Cambridge City Council this fall.

Vivek Murthy Courtesy
Health

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy ’98 Guided by ‘Inspiration in the Moment’

Vivek H. Murthy ’98 has more than enough on his plate. His resume features numerous board positions, nonprofit and business ventures, and a bestselling book. He now serves as U.S. surgeon general — the youngest person ever to be confirmed to the position and the first of Indian descent.

Benazir Bhutto
Harvard in the World

The Making of a Prime Minister: Benazir ‘Pinkie’ Bhutto ’73 Remembered as ‘Great Messenger’ for Pakistan

Before Benazir Bhutto ’73 broke the “glass ceiling” as the first democratically elected woman of a Muslim nation, she was a shy girl from Eliot House known to all as “Pinkie.”

Eric Johnson Courtesy
Politics

A Legacy of Leadership in Dallas: Eric L. Johnson ’98

If Dallas Mayor Eric L. Johnson ’98 hadn’t met Robert Bridgeman — then the director of programs at the Phillips Brooks House Association — while walking across Harvard Yard in his freshman fall, his life of public service might not have been the same.

Radcliffe Institute
Politics

Harvard Radcliffe Fellow Delivers Presentation on Fascism’s Roots in America

Radcliffe Fellow Omer Aziz, a lawyer and the former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, discussed fascism in America at a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies presentation Wednesday.

Adam Schiff IOP Forum
IOP

Congressman Adam Schiff Discusses National Security at Harvard IOP Forum

U.S. Representative Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, discussed intelligence oversight and national security issues during a Harvard Institute of Politics Forum Monday evening.

Pritzker IOP Forum
IOP

Billionaire Governor J.B. Pritzker Discusses Influence of Big Money on Politics at Harvard IOP Forum

Billionaire Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker discussed his role as a progressive Democrat in the Midwest and the influence of big money on politics at a Harvard Institute of Politics forum Monday evening.

Harvard Law School Scalia Papers
Harvard Law School

Census Bureau Will Release Files Sought by Harvard Law Clinic

The U.S. Census Bureau plans to release documents for academics to use to assess potential racial bias in redistricting, after the Harvard Law School’s Election Law Clinic requested the materials through the Freedom of Information Act, the agency announced March 27.

Massachusetts State House
Politics

Proposed Mass. Bill Seeks to End Legacy and Donor Preferences in Higher Ed Admissions

The Massachusetts House is considering a bill that would require higher education institutions like Harvard to pay a fee for admissions processes that consider legacy status or relationships to donors or that include an early decision plan.

Center for Government and International Studies
Politics

Political Scientist Susan Stokes ’81 Discusses Political Polarization and Global Erosion of Democracy

American political scientist and award-winning author Susan C. Stokes ’81 discussed the high correlation between income inequality and democratic erosion at the Center for Government and International Studies on Tuesday afternoon.

University Hall
Government

Harvard Named a Fulbright ‘Top Producing’ Institution for 2022-2023

Harvard was named a Fulbright top producing institution by the U.S. State Department for having among the highest number of accepted applications for the 2022-2023 U.S. student and scholar programs.

Boston City Hall
City Politics

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu ’07 Names Members of City Reparations Task Force

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu ’07 announced the 10 members of the newly-formed Reparations Task Force to “study the lasting impacts of slavery in Boston,” according to a Feb. 7 press release.

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center
Harvard Kennedy School

U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Discusses Future of Clean Energy at Harvard Kennedy School Seminar

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy David M. Turk discussed the federal government’s plans to foster the transition to clean energy at a Monday seminar held by the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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