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Brandon L. Kingdollar

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College Finance

Harvard Affiliates Troubled by Biden’s Stance on Student Loan Debt

Harvard students reacted with disappointment and frustration after President Joe Biden said on Feb. 16 he would not forgive more than $10,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower, singling out Harvard as an institution whose students did not require debt relief.

Harvard Yard

Harvard Professors Allen, Kamensky Help Develop Roadmap for U.S. Civics Reform

Educating for American Democracy — a team of more than 300 academics and educators with Harvard professors Danielle S. Allen and Jane Kamensky on its executive committee – outlined plans to reform the civics curriculum in the United States on Monday.

Tribe Raskin Matz Impeachment

How Harvard Law School Professor Laurence H. Tribe and His Former Students Shaped Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

Harvard Law School professor Laurence H. Tribe ’62 and two of his former students — U.S. Rep. Jamin Ben “Jamie” Raskin ’83 (D-Md.) and Joshua A. Matz — reflected on their experiences coming together for a historic second impeachment trial and on its legacy in an increasingly polarized country.

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City Politics

Cambridge City Council Moves to Decriminalize Psychedelic Drugs, Use of Other Controlled Substances

The Cambridge City Council passed legislation last week seeking to decriminalize the use, possession, and distribution of entheogenic plants, the latest in a series of steps toward more comprehensive decriminalization in Cambridge and Massachusetts.

City Politics

Michelle Wu ’07 Endorsed by Elizabeth Warren, Sunrise Movement As Mayoral Race Heats Up

Following Boston Mayor Walsh’s nomination as President Biden’s Labor Secretary, Boston's 2021 mayoral race, once perceived as an uphill battle, has become a wide-open race.

Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai Mongolia Prime Minister

Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai, Recent Kennedy School Graduate, Appointed Mongolian Prime Minister

Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai, a recent Kennedy School alum, ascended to the post of Prime Minister of Mongolia on Jan. 27 following his predecessor’s resignation in response to protests over the country’s Covid-19 response.

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Front Middle Feature

Here are the 63 Biden Administration Officials with Harvard Ties

The Biden administration is set to include at least 63 Harvard-connected individuals as nominees or appointees, including 10 Cabinet-level officials.

 Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu
City Politics

Two Cambridge City Councilors Endorse Michelle Wu ’07 for Mayor of Boston

Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu ’07 rolled out twelve endorsements from local government officials in early December, including two from Cambridge city councilors, to bolster her 2021 mayoral campaign.

Harvard Kennedy School

Incoming Members of Congress Participate in Virtual Orientation Hosted by Harvard Kennedy School

Newly elected members of the 117th Congress convened virtually earlier this month for a bipartisan orientation hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.

Gap Year Graphic

Mind the Gap: Harvard Students Pursue New Adventures Away from Campus

Challenged to create a meaningful gap year experience despite the pandemic, students pursued professional opportunities, explored the world around them, and focused on personal growth.

Jorge Ramos

Prominent Mexican-American Journalists Discuss the State of the American Dream in Institute of Politics Webinar

Jorge G. Ramos and Maria L. Hinojosa, celebrated Mexican-American journalists, discussed the future of Latinx leadership and the evolving nature of the American Dream in an IOP talk Wednesday.

School of Public Health

Public Health School Researchers Document U.S. Government’s Failures to Slow Pandemic in New Study

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health documented points at which federal officials failed to take action to slow the COVID-19 pandemic’s spread in a study published Nov. 2.

School of Public Health
School of Public Health

Harvard Researchers Explore Link Between Pollution and COVID-19 Mortality

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and universities across Europe have established a link between air pollution and mortality risk from COVID-19, according to an Oct. 26 study published by the Oxford University Press.

Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Kennedy School

Former IMF Official Presents Two Paths for ‘New Normal’ in Post-Pandemic Global Finance

Former International Monetary Fund and French Treasury official Jean-Pierre Landau laid out two potential paths to confront the pandemic’s effects on global finance in a webinar hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School Wednesday evening.

Hutchins Center

Ibram X. Kendi Advocates for Anti-Racist Research in Hutchins Center Webinar

Author and Boston University professor Ibram X. Kendi argued for the importance of anti-racism in research, especially in response to police brutality and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, during a Tuesday webinar hosted by Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.