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Meera S. Nair

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College

College Developing Proposal for Double Concentrations Without Combined Thesis

A committee within Harvard’s Office of Undergraduate Education is developing a proposal to introduce double concentrations at the College, which it hopes to submit to a faculty vote in spring 2022.

Double Concentrations Graphic
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Double Concentrations Graphic

Harvard’s Office of Undergraduate Education established a committee in September to develop a proposal to introduce double concentrations at the College. Currently, undergrads may only pursue joint concentrations, in which students pursue work in two departments and write a thesis that integrates the methods of the two fields.

Larry Summers in 2014
College

Harvard Affiliates Help Found New University In Response To Free Speech Concerns in Higher Ed

Several current and former Harvard professors are helping establish the University of Austin, a private liberal arts school in Texas launched in response to what some of its founders see as a culture of censorship within higher education.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Crime

Judges Skeptical as Lieber Reiterates Harvard Should Pay His Legal Fees in Appeal Hearing

Justices on the Supreme Judicial Court appeared skeptical Wednesday as lawyers for former Harvard Chemistry chair Charles M. Lieber — who is preparing for trial on federal criminal charges — argued on appeal that Harvard should be obligated to pay for his legal defense.

Dean Gay Portrait
FAS

FAS Dean Gay Outlines Plan for Diversifying Faculty, Supporting Junior Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Claudine Gay outlined her vision for recruiting new and more diverse faculty in an interview Thursday.

Deans Annual Report Figures
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Deans Annual Report Figures

Deans Annual Report Figures
FAS

Defying Projections, FAS Ends Fiscal Year with $51M Surplus

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences ended fiscal year 2021 with a $51 million surplus, according to the Dean’s annual report, which was presented during a monthly faculty meeting Tuesday.

Charles Lieber
Research

Embattled Professor Charles Lieber to Go on Trial in December

Former Harvard Chemistry chair Charles M. Lieber will head to trial this December to fight six felony charges brought against him by federal prosecutors.

Harvard Graduate School of Education
College

Harvard Teacher Fellows Subsumed by New HGSE Master’s Program

Harvard Teacher Fellows — a teacher training initiative for students at the College — will no longer accept new cohorts of students as it is rolled into a new degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Covid Academics Followup
Student Life

Some Online Learning Persists After Fall Return to Campus

While fall 2021 has largely marked a return to the in-person classroom, some classes have continued to operate partially or fully online this semester.

Dean Gay
FAS

FAS Dean Gay ‘Pretty Confident’ In-Person Classes Will Continue

Faculty of the Arts and Sciences Dean Claudine Gay said she “could not be more pleased” about the Covid-19 positivity rate on campus during an interview last week.

FAS Tenure Report
FAS

FAS Review Largely Upholds Tenure System Despite Acknowledging ‘Mistrust and Low Morale’

A review of tenure processes within the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences found that the tenure-track system is “structurally sound” but recommended adjustments in certain aspects of the system to address “mistrust and low morale” in the process.

FAS Dean Gay
College

FAS Dean Gay Hopes to Update Affiliates on Ethnic Studies Search by Semester’s End

Faculty of the Arts and Sciences Dean Claudine Gay said the FAS is continuing its cluster hire of ethnic studies scholars and will “probably” update affiliates on its progress by the semester’s end.

University Hall
Student Life

Faculty Discuss Campus Covid Situation, Potential Graduate Student Strike

An early September Covid-19 surge led to “nail-biting” moments for administrators, but Harvard has dodged “severe” cases of Covid-19 among vaccinated students this semester, University officials said during a faculty meeting Tuesday.

University Hall
FAS

Alumni Gift $45 Million to Expand Asian American Studies

The donations will endow new professorships and graduate fellowships, as well as fund academic research in the field. The expansion is part of an FAS-led push to bolster the study of ethnicity, indigeneity, and migration at Harvard.

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