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Daphne C. Thompson

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A Conversation with Steven Spielberg
University News

Steven Spielberg Selected as 2016 Commencement Speaker

Graduates, ready the popcorn: renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg will speak at Harvard’s 365th Commencement on May 26, the University announced Thursday.

Massachusetts Hall
Front Feature

News Analysis: With New Position, Harvard Continues to Centralize Sexual Assault Resources

As Harvard grapples with the pernicious issue of sexual assault on campus, its efforts have echoed a greater institutional shift in recent decades. Instead of the so-called “Every Tub on Its Own Bottom” model, where every individual school operates mostly autonomously, Harvard has increasingly embraced a “One University” structure, locating resources in and crafting policies from its central administration.

Students Rally Against Sexual Assault

Grappling with Campus Sexual Assault, Harvard Looks to Expand Prevention Efforts

​A semester after a survey revealed the alarming prevalence of sexual assault at Harvard, a task force has recommended that students receive annual sexual assault prevention training and that the University hire a new administrator to spearhead prevention efforts.

It's Open!
Central Administration

Tedeschi Named Next Art Museums Director

Martha Tedeschi will become the next director of the Harvard Art Museums in July, coming from the Art Institute of Chicago.

"Free Harvard, Fair Harvard"
Central Administration

Alumni Group Mounts Opposition to Outsider Overseers Slate

A group of nearly 500 alumni is mounting a campaign against an outsider ticket for Harvard’s Board of Overseers, denouncing its proposals to eliminate tuition and scrutinize affirmative action as antithetical to diversity.

Michael D. Smith
House Life

Alumni Divided on Faculty Dean Title

​When Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith announced last week that House masters would be renamed Faculty Deans, the change was, for some, more than just a tweak to an administrative title.

Marching to Porter

Fighting Time

At Harvard, a lengthy fight against racial inequality has progressed in uncertain fits and starts, both propelled and stalled by a series of competing forces.

Michelle A. Williams
Central Administration

Michelle A. Williams to Lead School of Public Health As First Black Harvard Faculty Dean

Michelle A. Williams, an epidemiologist and professor at the School of Public Health, will lead the school as its next dean beginning in July, becoming the first black person to head a faculty at Harvard and the first female dean of the school.


Harvard Spent $540,000 Lobbying Washington in 2015

​Harvard spent about $540,000 lobbying for increased federal research funding, financial aid simplification, and immigration reform in 2015.

Massachusetts Hall

Recent Graduate Sues Harvard Over Sexual Harassment Case

A recent Harvard College graduate filed a lawsuit against Harvard University, charging that College and University administrators mishandled a response to her sexual harassment case and allowed an alleged perpetrator to live in Cabot House with her.

Conan C. O’Brien ‘85 Speaks in Sanders Theatre

With Faust, Conan Discusses Liberal Arts, Comedy Career

During an afternoon advertised as a “wide-ranging conversation about arts and education,” Faust asked O’Brien what the humanities had done for his career, and the late-night legend responded in turn—but not without sarcasm.

"Free Harvard, Fair Harvard"
Central Administration

Unconventional Overseers Candidates Qualify for Ballot

After Ron K. Unz ’83​ flew cross country to turn in almost 300 signatures to Harvard’s doorstep, he and four other alumni—including five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader—can now call themselves candidates for the Board of Overseers.

Loeb House

Former UC Leaders Discuss Campus Social Life with Overseers

Ava Nasrollahzadeh '16 and Dhruv P. Goyal '16 spoke on a panel in Loeb House Sunday focused on "undergraduate life outside the classroom."

Drew G. Faust

Sexual Assault Task Force Has Yet to Release Report

A University-wide task force charged with investigating sexual assault prevention has yet to issue a finalized set of recommendations—missing an initial January deadline—although administrators hope to release the report this month.

Faust Climate Change

Faust Condemns Free Tuition Proposal from Outsider Overseers Ticket

University President Drew G. Faust critiqued both major proposals put forward by five alumni last month in their grassroots campaign for the Board of Overseers, the University's second-highest governing body.