First Gen Affinity Celebration
Student Life

Ahead of Harvard Commencement, Graduating Students Celebrate Accomplishments with Affinity Ceremonies

Harvard student groups hosted affinity celebrations for graduating students across the University on Monday and Tuesday, bringing together students of shared identity as part of this year’s Commencement festivities.

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What Critical Race Theory Was — and is — at Harvard Law School

How has the legal field of critical race theory been shaped by Harvard Law School, and how do its students and scholars view conservative attacks on the field?

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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.

Day of Action Rally at Memorial Church

Harvard Affiliates Protest Book Bans, Laws Against Critical Race Theory

Roughly 30 Harvard affiliates rallied on the steps of Memorial Church Wednesday afternoon to denounce the banning of books and the elimination of educational curricula on queer theory, gender theory, and critical race theory in parts of the United States.

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Student Groups

After Meeting with Harvard Admin on ‘Swatting’ Attack, Black Student Leaders Say Demands Remain Unanswered

Senior Harvard administrators did not agree to the demands of Black student leaders during an hourlong conversation Friday about the University’s response to the Leverett House “swatting” attack but pledged to meet with the students again, according to three people at the meeting.

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Former NAACP President Condemns Black Man’s 2018 Death as Modern-Day Lynching at Kennedy School Talk

Roughly 70 Harvard affiliates gathered at Harvard Kennedy School Wednesday for a panel on modern-day lynching and racialized violence, centering around the 2018 death of William A. “Willie” Jones Jr.

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Student Groups

Dozens of Black Harvard Groups Demand University Action After Leverett House ‘Swatting’ Attack

Forty-five Harvard organizations co-signed a letter to administrators detailing a list of demands following the University’s response to a “swatting” attack that saw four Black undergraduates ordered out of their rooms at gunpoint by Harvard University Police Department officers earlier this month.

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Harvard Honors Black Alum Edwin Jourdain Jr. With Portrait in Winthrop House

Harvard honored Edwin Bush Jourdain Jr., Class of 1921, a Black College graduate who led efforts to dismantle the University’s segregationist freshman dorm policy, with a portrait in Winthrop House’s Senior Common Room.

Cannabis Legalization IOP Forum

Authors Discuss Implications of Cannabis Legalization at Harvard Institute of Politics Forum

Authors Akwasi Owusu-Bempah and Tahira Rehmatullah discussed the racial implications of developing cannabis legislation at a Harvard Institute of Politics Forum Wednesday evening.

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MacArthur ‘Genius’ McMillan Cottom Talks Black Identity, Pop Culture, and Women’s Rights at Radcliffe Lecture

Author and 2020 MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Tressie McMillan Cottom discussed Black identity, pop culture, and restrictions on women’s rights during a talk at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Thursday evening.

Harvard Law School

Newly Appointed HLS Professor Charles Delivers Talk on Shifting Legal Stances on Civil Rights

Harvard Law professor Guy-Uriel E. Charles discussed the decline of what he termed the “civil rights consensus” — a set of legal and political ideologies coming out of the American civil rights movement — at a Harvard Law School talk on Thursday.

Harvard Divinity School

Harvard Divinity School Professor Discusses Religion and the Movement for Reparations at HDS Webinar

Harvard Divinity School professor of African American Religious Studies Terrence L. Johnson discussed changing the conversation around reparations in a virtual lecture Monday evening.

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Harvard Students Demonstrate for Denaming in Winthrop House Dining Hall, Citing Ties to Slavery

Harvard students led a demonstration in Winthrop House’s dining hall to push for the house’s denaming during dinner on Sunday, citing both John Winthrops’ ties to slavery.

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Harvard Portraiture Project to Honor Black Lacrosse Player Lucien Alexis Jr. ’42

Lucien V. Alexis Jr. ’42, the first Black player on the Harvard Lacrosse team, will be honored in a commissioned painting as a part of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations Portraiture Project, the Foundation announced at an event on Feb. 13.

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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.