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Massachusetts Hall
History

Here are Five Key Findings From Harvard’s Long-Awaited Report on its Ties to Slavery

Harvard University released a landmark report on Tuesday that detailed the school’s extensive ties to slavery. Here are five key takeaways from the long-awaited report.

Peabody
Visual Arts

After Agreeing to Repatriate Ponca Tomahawk, Peabody Museum Awaits Visit from Tribal Leaders

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology removed a pipe tomahawk that once belonged to Ponca chief Standing Bear from its collections last September, after calls for the museum to return the tomahawk to the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma garnered international attention.

William Monroe Trotter, Class of 1895
Harvard Kennedy School

150 Years Later, Harvard Graduate William Monroe Trotter’s Legacy ‘Can Be Seen in the Present’

The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at the Kennedy School launched a two-day celebration of Trotter’s life on Thursday, his 150th birthday.

Maya Jasanoff
History

Maya Jasanoff

Secret Court scrut
College

‘We’ll Keep Telling the Truth’: A Century Later, Harvard Affiliates Continue Pushing Harvard to Address 1920 Secret Court

In 1920, administrators at Harvard convened a Secret Court to convict 14 individuals "guilty" of involvement or ties to "any homosexual act." A century later — but just two decades after the Court was first exposed — affiliates continue efforts to address the little-known history.

Pitman Model of Harvard as It Was in 1775
On Campus

Pitman Model of Harvard as It Was in 1775

This 1947 photo shows the Pitman diorama of Harvard in 1775 looking down Cambridge Common. The year before campus became quarters for American militiamen amid the Revolution, Harvard Yard had only a dotting of colonial buildings.

Harvard Klansmen in 1924
Scrutiny

Harvard Klansmen in 1924

Members of the Harvard branch of the Ku Klux Klan pose for a graduation photo on Class Day 1924 at the foot of the John Harvard Statue in Harvard Yard.

Kent Garrett
Scrutiny

Kent Garrett

Kent A. Garrett Jr. ’63, one of the few Black students at Harvard in the early 1960s, published a book last year anthologizing the experiences of him and his former Black classmates.

Zachary B. Nowak
Scrutiny

Zachary B. Nowak

Zachary B. Nowak, a lecturer in the Department of History, who teaches a popular class on Harvard history, was stunned when he heard of the existence of the KKK at the University.

Kent Garrett Yearbook
Scrutiny

Kent Garrett Yearbook

Kent A. Garrett Jr.’s ’63 headshot in the Harvard Yearbook. Garrett was one of a handful of Black students that attended Harvard at the time.

Charles L. Greenblatt
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Charles L. Greenblatt

Charles L. Greenblatt ’52 pictured during his Harvard undergraduate years. Greenblatt was then a spokesperson for the Society of Minority Rights, a student club that condemned the 1952 cross burning in Harvard Yard.

Harvard Klansmen in 1924
Scrutiny

Harvard Klansmen in 1924

Harvard Klansmen pose for a second shot at commencement in 1924. One Klan member, sitting in the lap of the John Harvard Statue, with his body facing the statue turns his head towards the camera.

JFK IOP Event
IOP

Harvard History Professor Presents Life and Legacy of John F. Kennedy '40 at IOP Event

Harvard History professor Fredrik Logevall presented his research on the political development of former President John F. Kennedy ’40 while he was a student at Harvard College at a virtual Harvard Kennedy School forum Tuesday.

University Hall
FAS

Harvard Faculty Sign Open Letter Calling for Trump’s Impeachment

Twelve Harvard faculty joined more than 300 American historians and legal scholars in signing an open letter calling for President Donald J. Trump to be impeached for the second time in his presidential term.

Center for European Studies
Race

Harvard’s Center for European Studies Hosts Seminar on the Removal of Pro-Slavery Monuments

Howard University professor Ana Lucia Araujo and Carnegie Mellon professor Mame-Fatou Niang discussed the removal of statues that depict slave traders and owners in Europe Wednesday afternoon.

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