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Social Sciences Division

More Than 800 Institutions Sign Harvard Letter Calling on Brazil to Fund Philosophy, Sociology

Scholars from more than 800 institutions worldwide have signed an open letter — written by two Harvard graduate students — in response to Brazil’s plan to disinvest in philosophy and sociology at public universities.

Kimberly Theidon
Social Sciences Division

Jury Could Hear Former Associate Professor’s Gender Discrimination Suit Against Harvard, Judge Says

A lawsuit brought by former Harvard Associate Professor Kimberly S. Theidon alleging the University unfairly denied her tenure could be headed to trial after a federal judge said at an appeal hearing Wednesday that the case may be better left to a jury.

Littauer
UHS

Economics Department Starts Initiatives to Improve Student Wellbeing Following Mental Health Survey

The Economics Department is taking steps to improve its graduate students' mental health in light of a survey conducted among Ph.D. students in the department which showed high percentages of anxiety and depression.

Littauer
FAS

Harvard Economics Department Plans More Intro Classes Focused on Real-World Applications

The Economics Department is working to create more entry-level courses focused on the applications — as opposed to theory — of economics in an effort to attract more freshmen and sophomores, according to Department Chair Jeremy C. Stein.

Littauer
FAS

Harvard Economists Join Policy Proposal to Combat Climate Change

More than 3,300 economists, a number of whom are Harvard affiliates, signed the “Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends,” calling for a bipartisan climate change solution, the Climate Leadership Council announced last month. The statement is the largest of its kind, with a historic number of economists signing onto it, including 27 Nobel Laureates.

First Day Blues
College

New Econ Class Sails into Top Enrollment Rankings as Ec 10b Maintains Dominance for Sixth Year

Economics 10B: “Principles of Economics” has long reigned as spring semester's most enrolled-in class, but this year the course saw a new contender from within its own department — the brand new course Economics 1152: “Big Data," which had just 32 fewer students.

WGS
FAS

Striving to Become a Department, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Sees Growth

Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality — though currently a small program offering only undergraduate degrees and graduate secondary fields — is working towards one day becoming a “full-fledged” department, Acting Chair of WGS Françoise Lionnet said in an interview Friday.

Roland Fryer Headshot
FAS

In Letter, Hundreds of Students Call for Changes to University Econ Depts Following Fryer Allegations

More than 285 graduate students and research assistants — at least 18 of them at Harvard — signed a letter Thursday calling for changes within the field of economics in response to allegations of sexual harassment against Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

Devah Pager
FAS

Devah Pager, Harvard Sociology Professor and Pioneer, Dies at 46

Harvard Sociology Professor Devah I. Pager, a groundbreaking researcher, advisor, teacher, and mother beloved by her students and family, died on Nov. 2. She was 46 years old.

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Hutchins Center
FAS

Colin Kaepernick, Dave Chappelle Among Du Bois Medal Awardees

The medal — the University’s highest honor in the field of African and African American studies — recognizes individuals who have made “significant contributions” to African and African American culture.

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University Hall
FAS

Lawrence D. Bobo Named Next Dean of Social Science

Lawrence D. Bobo, professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology, will become the dean of Social Science on October 1.

Sarah Lewis
Social Sciences Division

‘A Leader of Growing Stature in the Art World’: Sarah Lewis Makes Her Mark

Lewis holds a joint assistant professorship in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Department of African and African American Studies.

Belfer
Politics

Government, History Professors Weigh In On Leaving Iran Deal

Several Harvard social science professors criticized President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

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