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Government Department Revives Women in American Politics Lecture Course, Following 2019 Climate Report Recommendation

The Government department is reviving a lecture course on women in American politics for the spring semester, responding to a recommendation from its 2019 report on departmental culture.

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Panelists Discuss Social and Racial Tensions in South Florida in the Wake of Cuba’s 1980 Mariel Boatlift

Three professors spoke at a lecture Thursday on the effects of the April 1980 Mariel Boatlift — which brought over 15,000 Cubans to Miami in a matter of weeks, and about 125,000 refugees by October of that year — on the politics of southern Florida.

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Government Dept. Chair Apologizes for ‘Pain and Hurt’ in Wake of Gov 50 Allegations

Government department chair Jeffry A. Frieden acknowledged a history of student mistrust in the department and reiterated the concentration’s commitment to inclusion in a Friday email to colleagues, in the wake of allegations that Government 50: “Data” preceptor David D. Kane made racist blog posts under a pseudonym.

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Students Allege Harvard Instructor David Kane Made Racist Posts on Blog

Harvard undergraduates allege David D. Kane, Government preceptor and Government 50: “Data” instructor, authored racist posts over the course of several years under the pseudonym “David Dudley Field ’25” on his website EphBlog.

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Social Science Faculty Transform Their Courses for Online Learning

During an unprecedented semester of virtual learning, Social Sciences professors teaching large lecture courses say they are working hard to keep their classes as engaging and interactive as possible.

Emmanuel Farhi
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Economics Professor Emmanuel Farhi, Who Wielded His Intellect for Public Good, Dies at 41

Economics Professor Emmanuel Farhi died unexpectedly on July 23 at the age of 41.

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College Will Require All Fall Courses to Guarantee Students Two to Four Hours of Live Interaction

Though all courses will be virtual this fall, Harvard College expects professors to guarantee every student — regardless of time zone — between two and four hours of live interaction with course staff or peers each week, according to official College guidelines.

Professor Danielle Allen
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Danielle Allen Awarded Kluge Prize by Library of Congress

The Library of Congress named University Professor Danielle S. Allen as the 2020 recipient of the John W. Kluge Prize Monday, an international award for scholarly achievement in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

Littauer Center
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Harvard Economists Find Political Bias Skews Americans' Perception of Verifiable Facts

According to a recent paper from a team of Harvard economists, not only do partisans see things differently, but their political views distort their basic understanding of the issues — even when reality may be contrary.

Barker Center
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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.

Emerson Hall
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Coronavirus Disrupts Writing, Research for Harvard Faculty on Leave

While the novel coronavirus pandemic has uprooted the lives of many faculty working on campus this year — forcing them to switch to remote teaching and ramp down laboratory research — it has also disrupted the work of many faculty currently on leave.

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Music Department Chair Suzannah Clark Named Director of Harvard's Mahindra Humanities Center

Music department chair Suzannah E. Clark will serve as the next director of Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center, the University announced in a Wednesday press release.

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Harvard Celebrates 50 Years of African and African American Studies

Harvard’s African and African American Studies department celebrated its 50th anniversary at a two-day symposium Friday and Saturday, which boasted a global guest list of pre-eminent scholars in the field.

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High-Profile History Prof. Hinton to Depart for Yale

Associate professor Elizabeth K. Hinton will depart for Yale this summer after six years in Harvard’s History and African and African American Studies departments.

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Students and Faculty Flock to Discussion on the Relationship Between Humans and Whales

Graduate students, professors, and whale enthusiasts gathered to hear Brown University Professor Bathsheba Demuth discuss the history and ethics of humanity’s relationship with whales Wednesday at the Center for Government and International Studies.

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