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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Central Administration

Citing Toxic Culture and Administrator Departures, Harvard School of Public Health Faculty Repeatedly Weighed Voting No Confidence in Dean

On Dec. 20, 2018, around 40 faculty filtered into the Dean’s Conference Room at the Harvard School of Public Health for an unusual discussion, without the attendance of Dean Michelle A. Williams. They would soon consider taking a dramatic action in her absence: a vote of no confidence in her leadership.

Ethnic Studies Protestor

FAS Dean Gay Declares ‘Institutional Commitment’ to Ethnic Studies in Wake of Protests

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay emailed FAS affiliates Monday stating that she would support faculty who wanted to create an undergraduate concentration in ethnic studies and called for an “institutional commitment” to the discipline.

Faculty Meeting Protest

Ethnic Studies Advocates Interrupt Faculty Meeting, Denounce Tenure Denial Decision

An individual protesting Harvard’s decision to deny tenure to Romance Languages and Literatures associate professor Lorgia García Peña stood silently inside the Faculty of Arts and Sciences meeting Tuesday while dozens of students demonstrated outside.

Philosophy Department

Faculty Debate Fossil Fuel Divestment at Monthly Meeting

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences mulled a proposal to call on Harvard to divest from its holdings in the fossil fuel industry at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Garcia Pena Office

Students Protest, Pen Open Letter In Response to Professor’s Tenure Denial

Roughly 50 students staged a sit-in at University Hall Monday evening to protest the tenure denial of Romance Languages and Literatures associate professor Lorgia Garcia Peña and to call on Harvard to create a formalized ethnic studies program.

Emerson Hall Fire
Cambridge Fire Department

Cambridge Fire Department Responds to Two-Alarm Fire in Harvard Yard

The Cambridge Fire Department tweeted Monday that four engines responded to a fire in Emerson Hall's pipe chase — an enclosed space where plumbing, and sometimes electrical wires, are hidden — around noon.

University Hall

Faculty to Consider Proposal Demanding Harvard Divest from Fossil Fuels

A group of Harvard faculty will formally propose that the Harvard Corporation divest the University’s $40.9 billion endowment from fossil fuel companies, according to documents shared with members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Tuesday afternoon.

Strike Authorization Vote

Harvard Grad Strike May Delay Grades, Faculty Say

Several departments may delay grading or change final exam formats in the event that Harvard’s graduate student union goes on strike next month, according to faculty members across the University.


Dominguez Accuser Concerned By Perceived ‘Disinterest’ of Harvard External Review Committee

A woman accusing former Government professor Jorge I. Dominguez of sexual misconduct said she and three other women are “concerned” with the progress of Harvard’s external review into the circumstances that allowed Dominguez to perpetrate misconduct over four decades at the University.

Dean Claudine Gay

FAS Dean Gay Poised to Launch Nationwide Search for Athletics Director

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay will soon launch a nationwide search for Harvard Athletics Director Robert L. Scalise’s successor, she said in an interview Wednesday.

Dean Claudine Gay

Faculty Search Committee Paring Down List of Ethnic Studies Hires, FAS Dean Gay Says

A faculty search committee has compiled a long list of candidates for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’s ongoing ethnic studies faculty search, FAS Dean Claudine Gay said Tuesday.

University Hall

Harvard Faculty Debate Fossil Fuel Divestment at Monthly Meeting

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences debated whether Harvard should divest its $40 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry — among other possible responses to climate change — at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Christopher W. Stubbs

Harvard Forms New Oversight Bodies After Federal Agency Inquires Into ‘Academic Espionage’

Harvard has formed two new oversight committees in response to National Institutes of Health inquiries into potential “academic espionage” by faculty members at American universities, Dean of Science Christopher W. Stubbs announced at the Faculty’s monthly meeting Tuesday.

Tourists in the Yard Weather

Faculty to Push Bacow for Divestment at Upcoming Meeting

History professor Joyce E. Chaplin, Economics professor Stephen A. Marglin, and Astronomy professor Charles Conroy will address whether Harvard’s response to climate change should include divestment from “fossil fuel interests,” according to the meeting agenda.

University Hall Morning

Faculty Council Approves Tweaks to New Course Schedule Legislation

The Faculty Council voted to approve tweaks to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences course schedule — which underwent an overhaul last year — at its biweekly meeting Wednesday, according to council member Kirsten A. Weld.