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Alexandra A. Chaidez

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Bacow Tells Prison Divestment Group He Responds to ‘Reason,’ Not ‘Demands’

Organizers from the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign met with University President Lawrence S. Bacow Thursday to present their demands for Harvard to divest from companies tied to the prison industry.

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Whitehead Appointed New Head of Harvard Library

Her selection comes after an international search conducted by a committee comprising University faculty members, administrators, and library leaders. The search process also included two town-hall meetings.

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Transgender Applicant Alleges in Suit Harvard Discriminated and Retaliated Against Her in Admissions Decision

The complainant alleges that, in October 2017, a male admissions officer from the Business School forcibly kissed her at a BGLTQ open house and that the University unlawfully discriminated against her in the admissions process.

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Barakett and Cuéllar Elected to Serve on Harvard Corporation

Timothy R. Barakett ’87 and Mariano-Florentino “Tino” Cuéllar ’93 have been elected the newest members of the Harvard Corporation, the University’s highest governing body, the University announced Monday.

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Harvard Activists Rally, Petition for Divestment From Farmland, Prison Industry

Two divestment activist groups organized on Harvard’s campus last week, calling for ends to the University's farmland holdings and companies connected to the U.S. prison system.

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Divest Protest

A group of University affiliates marched from Harvard Square to the Yard Friday pushing for administrators to consider divesting from fossil fuels.

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Bacow Defends Harvard Against Claims of Elitism in D.C. Panel

University President Lawrence S. Bacow discussed the challenges higher education institutions face and defended Harvard’s leading role among colleges and universities at an American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution panel Thursday.

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Bacow Maintains Long-Standing Lobbying Priorities During Return to D.C.

University President Lawrence S. Bacow returned to Washington, D.C., for the second time during his presidency to lobby federal lawmakers and a White House staffer to increase research funding, bolster immigration protections, and avoid another government shutdown on Thursday.

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Faust, Bacow Honor Corporation Member Featured in PBS Special

Harvard Corporation member and former CEO of American Express Kenneth I. Chenault was featured in a PBS and The HistoryMakers special that featured commentary from University President Lawrence S. Bacow and former University President Drew G. Faust.

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Harvard Spent $600K Lobbying Congress in 2018

Harvard spent $600,000 lobbying the federal government in 2018, a figure $10,000 less than the amount the University spent in 2017. Though last year’s figure marked a slight decrease in expenses, lobbying costs have generally seen an uptick in the last five years as Harvard faces a hostile political climate.

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Harvard General Counsel Iuliano to Lead Gettysburg College

Iuliano — who oversees Harvard’s legal strategy in the midst of multiple high-profile lawsuits — will begin his new role in Gettysburg, Pa. on July 1 after the school’s current president, Janet M. Riggs, retires, according to a statement posted on Gettysburg College’s website.

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Extension School Graduate Becomes First Harvard Affiliate to Win Rhodes in China

Chen, a 2018 graduate of the American Repertory Theater Institute and the Extension School at Harvard, is the first Harvard affiliate to receive the Rhodes Scholarship in mainland China, bringing the total number of University-affiliated winners this year to six.

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Harvard Board of Overseers, Alumni Association Candidates Announced

Harvard announced the slate of candidates in contention for positions on its Board of Overseers — the University’s second highest governing board — and elected directorships in the Harvard Alumni Association Thursday.

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President Bacow Takes Office

Considered to be the man for the moment with his decades of experience in higher education, Bacow takes charge at a time when Harvard finds itself subject to a slew of of lawsuits, a new endowment tax imposed by D.C. lawmakers, and criticism that the University only caters to America’s elite.

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Former Harvard President Drew Faust Named University Professor

Faust joins 24 prominent Harvard faculty with the distinction — including former University President Lawrence S. Summers, former Harvard Law School Dean Martha L. Minow, and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Henry Louis Gates Jr.