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Alumni

Harvard Forward 'Alarmed’ by Change to Board of Overseers Election Policy

Three weeks ago, leaders of the alumni group Harvard Forward were “thrilled.” After months of petitioning and campaigning, they had elected three candidates to Harvard’s Board of Overseers, its second-highest governing body.

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Alumni

Philanthropist Richard A. Smith, Who Was ‘Deeply Devoted to Harvard,’ Dies at 95

To most at Harvard, Richard A. Smith ’46 is perhaps best known for what former University President Drew G. Faust called his “last gift” to the University: the donation that enabled the redesign and renovation of what is now the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. But his generosity to Harvard extended well beyond just the edifice that sits as a primary hub for student gatherings.

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Alumni

Harvard to Limit Number of Petition Candidates Allowed to Serve on Board of Overseers to Six

The Harvard Corporation and Board of Overseers approved recommendations that will limit the number of members of the Board of Overseers who are nominated by petition to six out of 30 seats at any given time.

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Central Administration

Report on Board of Overseers Offers New Insights Into Its Role

A 20-page report on the election and function of Harvard’s Board of Overseers reveals new details about how the second-highest governing body leads the University, in addition to issuing recommendations about future Overseer elections.

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Yale

Yale Forward Launches ‘Sister Campaign' Promoting Climate-Focused Trustee Candidate

Following in the footsteps of a successful petition campaign by Harvard Forward, Yale Forward — a student and alumni group working to bring attention to climate change and alumni representation within the school’s governance boards — launched their campaign to elect 2015 alum Maggie Thomas to the Yale Corporation Wednesday.

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Central Administration

Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow Bill Lee ’72 Says Corporation Will Continue to Meet on Schedule, Bacow Updates Him Daily

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates, the Harvard Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — will continue to meet in accordance with its planned schedule, according to an email from the Corporation’s senior fellow William F. Lee ’72.

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Race

Royall Crest Spotted on Campus, Four Years After Law School Discontinued Seal

Four years after the Harvard Corporation approved the request to remove the Law School’s official seal for its ties to slavery, the seal remained quietly on campus.

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Faculty

Bacow Says Harvard Corporation Has Yet to Discuss Faculty Divestment Resolution

Nearly one month after the Faculty of Arts and Sciences overwhelmingly voted in favor of divestment, University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Monday that he will report back to the faculty once the Harvard Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — has considered the resolution.

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Health

Harvard Faculty Discuss Coronavirus, Simultaneous Enrollment

Harvard administrators advised professors to prepare contingency plans for teaching and research in response to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ monthly meeting Tuesday.

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Endowment

Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign to Sue University over Prison Investments

Members of the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign announced Tuesday afternoon that they will sue the University over its alleged investments in companies tied to the prison industry.

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University Finances

Committee on Shareholder Responsibility Voted on Facebook Practices

Harvard’s Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, which is tasked with handling issues of corporate social responsibility, voted on four resolutions presented to Facebook shareholders during the last fiscal year, according to a Friday report.

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Central Administration

University Names Nelson Newest Member of the Harvard Corporation

Diana L. Nelson ’84 will join the Harvard Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — in July, the University announced Monday.

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Faculty

Harvard Faculty Vote in Favor of Divestment 179-20

In a dramatic rebuke of administrators’ longstanding position on whether Harvard should invest in fossil fuels, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted overwhelmingly at its monthly meeting Tuesday to demand the Harvard Corporation divest the University’s endowment.

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Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School Students Campaign for Law Firm Paul Weiss to Drop Representation of ExxonMobil

Dozens of Harvard Law School students disrupted a first-year student recruitment event held by corporate law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Wednesday night, calling on the firm to stop representing the oil and gas company ExxonMobil in ongoing climate change litigation.

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Central Administration

Harvard Forward Releases Policy Platform on Climate Justice and Responsible Investing

Harvard Forward — a student and alumni group working to bring attention to climate change within Harvard’s governance boards — released a policy platform calling for Harvard to divest from the fossil fuel industry and create more guidelines for “responsible investing” earlier this week.

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