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Harvard Peabody Museum Returns Five Ancient Mummies to Denmark

The Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology returned five Greenlandic Inuit mummies to Denmark last week, five years after their repatriation was first requested by Danish authorities.

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‘Sack the Sacklers’: Students Urge Harvard to Remove Sackler Name for a Class Assignment

Nine Harvard students protested Harvard’s ties to the infamous Sackler family, the former owners of Purdue Pharma, at the Harvard Art Museums for a final class assignment on Saturday.

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‘Appalling’: Keynote Speaker at Legacy of Slavery Symposium Calls for Faster Repatriation of Indigenous Remains

Tara Houska, a tribal attorney and activist who served as the keynote speaker during the second day of Harvard’s Legacy of Slavery Symposium, condemned the University’s continued possession of Indigenous objects and ancestral remains during an interview following the event.

Nikole Hannah-Jones at Legacy of Slavery Event
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‘A Joke’: Nikole Hannah-Jones Says Harvard Should Spend More on Legacy of Slavery Initiative

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and creator of the 1619 Project, slammed Harvard’s $100 million commitment to its Legacy of Slavery initiative as “a joke” during her keynote talk at a University symposium on Tuesday evening.

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An ‘Urgent Need’: Professors Call for Renovations to Harvard-Yenching Library

Earlier this month, Harvard announced plans to renovate four major libraries ahead of the University’s 400th anniversary. But some said the Harvard-Yenching Library, which was absent from the list, is in critical need of repair.

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Harvard Plans To Renovate 4 Major Libraries Ahead of 400th Anniversary

Martha Whitehead, vice president of the Harvard Library, announced plans to renovate the four major libraries in Harvard Yard — Widener, Lamont, Pusey, and Houghton — during a faculty meeting last week.

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Phi Beta Kappa Elects ‘Junior 24’ From Harvard Class of 2025

Twenty-four Harvard juniors learned Friday that they were elected to Harvard College's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

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National NAGPRA Manager Visits Harvard Peabody Museum Amid Repatriations

Melanie O’Brien, the program manager and designated federal official for the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, is on Harvard’s campus this week

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Harvard Center for Astrophysics to Close Wolbach Library Due to ‘Financial Considerations’

The John G. Wolbach Library — which carries one of the world’s largest astronomical collections — will shutter its doors on Friday, in a move that was “driven primarily by financial considerations,” according to an email from Harvard Center for Astrophysics Director Lisa Kewley.

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Harvard Peabody Museum Releases Data on Repatriation Efforts

The Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology released updates on its repatriation efforts under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act last Wednesday.

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Harvard Peabody Museum Removes Nearly 40 Native American Objects From Display

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology removed nearly 40 Native American and Indigenous cultural objects from their displays to comply with new regulations from the Department of the Interior.

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Harvard to Fund Travel Expenses for Tribal Repatriations

Harvard will fund Native American Tribal representatives’ travel to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology for the repatriation of ancestral remains and funerary belongings, the University announced this month.

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Caroline Jean Fernald Named Director of Harvard Museums of Science and Culture

Caroline Jean Fernald was selected as the new executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Hopi E. Hoekstra announced last month. She began her tenure Wednesday.

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Health Experts, Artists Discuss Need to Change Media Portrayals of HIV/AIDS at Harvard Medical School Panel

Health experts and artists discussed the need to change the narrative in popular media around HIV/AIDS to avoid stigma and provide true representation in a panel last Friday hosted by Harvard Medical School in recognition of World AIDS Day.

Rochelle Walensky at the IOP

Former CDC Director Rochelle Walensky Discusses Interplay of Public Health and Politics at IOP Forum

Rochelle P. Walensky, the 19th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discussed her tenure at the center throughout the Covid-19 pandemic while facing political strife amid the urgent public health crisis, during a Harvard Institute of Politics forum Wednesday evening.