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Miles J. Herszenhorn

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Central Administration

Want to Rename Harvard Medical School? The Price is $1 Billion

Harvard Medical School’s naming rights are for sale. The asking price? An unrestricted donation of $1 billion.

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Central Administration

Classes to Continue Through Historic Inauguration of Harvard President Claudine Gay

Harvard will not suspend classes for Gay’s inauguration — a full day of festivities that is set to begin at 10:15 a.m. and conclude in the evening, according to University spokesperson Jason A. Newton.

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Central Administration

‘A Busy Season of Searching’: Beginning of Gay’s Tenure Marked by Dean Searches

Claudine Gay had not started her first day as president of Harvard when she selected Hopi E. Hoekstra to serve as the next Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean, the first in a series of consequential appointments that will allow Gay to shape the future of the University for years to come.

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Harvard Corporation

Biden Appoints Senior Fellow Penny Pritzker as Special Representative for Ukraine’s Economic Recovery

President Joe Biden appointed Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow Penny S. Pritzker ’81 to serve as special representative for Ukraine’s economic recovery, the White House announced Thursday morning.

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Central Administration

Harvard to Pause Visits From Heads of State Ahead of President Gay’s Inauguration

Visits from heads of state and government will be suspended across Harvard between Sept. 16 to Sept. 30 ahead of University President Gay’s inauguration on Sept. 29.

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Central Administration

Top Democratic Communications Strategist Hired to Advise Harvard President Claudine Gay

Stephanie Cutter, a leading Democratic political strategist, has served as a public relations consultant to Harvard President Claudine Gay since she was announced as the University’s next president in December 2022.

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Central Administration

In Washington, Democrats and Republicans Take Aim at Harvard Admissions

College admissions has long been the battleground in the ongoing war over the future of higher education, and Harvard has faced nationwide scrutiny over its admissions practices for the last decade. After the Supreme Court ruled to end affirmative action this summer, Harvard is once again caught in the crossfire.

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Central Administration

African American Religion Scholar Marla Frederick Returns to Harvard, Will Be First Woman to Lead Divinity School

Marla F. Frederick, a professor of religion and culture at Emory University, will serve as the next dean of the Harvard Divinity School, becoming the first woman to lead the school in its 207-year history, University President Claudine Gay announced Thursday afternoon.

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Harvard Kennedy School

One Year Later, Family Attorney Discloses that Harvard Graduate Student Rodrigo Ventocilla Died by Suicide

Rodrigo Ventocilla Ventosilla, the transgender Harvard Kennedy School student who died last year in police custody in Indonesia, died by suicide after overdosing on prescription medicine, a lawyer for Ventocilla’s family said on Tuesday.

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Harvard Kennedy School

‘I Had to Leave’: Misinformation Expert Joan Donovan Exits Harvard, Joins Boston University Faculty

Online misinformation expert Joan M. Donovan will join Boston University on Sept. 1, ending her affiliation with the Harvard Kennedy School after a monthslong dispute over the school’s decision to terminate Donovan’s Technology and Social Change research project.

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Student Groups

Harvard Kennedy School Will Merge its Student-Run Policy Journals. Some Student Editors Say They Won’t Return.

Harvard Kennedy School will eliminate its 14 student-run policy journals and consolidate them under one umbrella “HKS Student Policy Review,” a decision that has led to concern among some current and former HKS students.

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Higher Education

Biden Officials Talk Future of University Admissions at Higher Ed Summit: ‘You Will Know When You Hear From Us’

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel A. Cardona suggested legacy and donor admissions preferences contradict the values of higher education institutions in a speech on Wednesday at the National Summit on Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.

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Dept. of Education Opens Investigation Into Harvard’s Donor, Legacy Admissions Preferences

The U.S. Department of Education officially opened an investigation on Tuesday into the use of donor and legacy preferences in Harvard University’s admissions processes.

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Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg ’52 Remembered as Nuclear Nonproliferation Advocate, Film Buff

Daniel Ellsberg ’52, a military analyst turned antiwar whistleblower who exposed government lies about the Vietnam War in 1971 by leaking a top-secret 7,000-page study of the conflict known as the Pentagon Papers, died on June 16 at his home in Kensington, California. He was 92.

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With End of Affirmative Action, Claudine Gay Faces Unprecedented Challenges to Start Harvard Presidency

Two days after the Supreme Court declared Harvard College’s race-conscious admissions policy unconstitutional, Claudine Gay took office as Harvard’s 30th president. She will be expected to maintain the University’s role as a leading advocate for diversity in higher education and strategize ways Harvard can continue to admit a diverse student body.