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External Panel Urges Harvard to Implement Internal Policies, Improve Tracking for Anatomical Gift Program

An external panel released recommendations for changes to Harvard Medical School’s Anatomical Gift Program Thursday morning, nearly six months after its morgue manager was accused of stealing organs and other parts of cadavers donated for medical research.

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‘Medicine for Harvard’: Harvard's Struggles to Repair Relationship with Native American Tribes

It’s been almost 400 years since Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck graduated, and there have been few University-led initiatives to redress or reconcile Harvard’s role in the persecution of Native Americans. Today, few Indigenous students benefit from a Harvard education.

Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School

Harvard University Launches Center for Suicide Research and Prevention with Mass. General

Researchers at Harvard Medical School partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital to launch the Center for Suicide Research and Prevention in August.

MGH Psychedelics

Mass General Cancer Center Renames Research Division After Largest Donation in Its History

Philanthropists Jason and Keely Krantz gifted the Mass General Cancer Center — a division of the Mass General Brigham system — the largest donation in its history, per a Wednesday press release.

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Photo Essay

In Photos: The Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian

Every year, the residents of East Cambridge gather at the intersection of Porter and Warren streets to celebrate the Feast of Saint Cosmas and Damian, a festival brought by Italian immigrants from the town of Gaeta in 1926. The 98th annual celebration took place the weekend of September 8-10, and we sent a team of photographers to cover it.

Testeson Medical Education Center

Buyer of Human Remains Stolen from Harvard Medical School Morgue Pleads Guilty

A Pennsylvania man who bought cadavers that were donated to Harvard Medical School pleaded guilty to conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property on Thursday, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School Pushes Expected Conclusion of Morgue Report to October

Harvard Medical School has pushed the expected timeline for a report on its Anatomical Gifts Program — whose former morgue manager was indicted for stealing and selling human remains — from the “end of summer” to October.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

‘Feather in Your Cap’: Radcliffe Graduates Look Back on 50 Years of Co-Ed Living

In an unofficial merger move, the Class of 1973 saw co-ed living introduced during the spring of their first year. The decision resulted in an exchange — some male students moved up to inhabit Radcliffe housing, today known as the Quad — while some female students moved down to the river Houses.

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Former EPA Administrator Discusses Biden Administration’s Climate Policies at Harvard Weatherhead Lecture

Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator and first-ever White House national climate adviser Gina McCarthy discussed President Joe Biden’s climate policies and obstacles to further legislation during a Wednesday lecture.

Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center
Harvard Kennedy School

Technology Experts Discuss Role of AI in Democracy at Harvard Kennedy School Talk

Former South Korean business minister Young-sun Park and social media CEO Will Hohyon Ryu discussed potential applications of artificial intelligence to democracy during a talk at Harvard Kennedy School Tuesday.

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Assets to Axes: How Harvard’s Land Investments Inspired Fear in Brazil’s Cerrado

Although the full extent of HMC’s former landholdings remain concealed behind a complex web of private equity firms, associated subsidiary companies and investment partners, what is clear is that HMC’s purchases contributed to a climate of anxiety, fear, and strain on Brazilian subsistence farmers.

Vaccine Booster Argument
The Scoop

Scooped by ‘Freedom Lovers’: Anti-Vax Group Cites an HMS Paper

Contrary to the intentions of the authors, the data now serves as material for conservative medical organizations like AFLDS  skeptical of Covid-19 vaccine efficacy.

Harvard Law School library 3rd floor
Harvard Law School

Law Professors Discuss History of Death Penalty in America at Harvard Law School Library Panel

Legal scholars discussed the history of the death penalty in the United States following the landmark Supreme Court ruling Furman v. Georgia at a Harvard Law School Library panel Wednesday afternoon.

Museum Closings

Egyptologist Discusses Ancient Egyptians’ Understanding of Meteorites at Harvard Museum Event

Egyptologist Victoria Almansa-Villatoro, a junior research fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, delivered a lecture on meteoritic iron in ancient Egypt at the Harvard Museum of Science and Culture Thursday evening.


The Border of Forgiveness

In the Catholic Church, forgiveness is both God’s implicit promise to life and the edge on which we can either become redeemed or remain woefully flawed people. I worry that forgiveness may actually be the holiest act of all — precisely because I struggle most with it.