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Chief Standing Bear Tomahawk

Peabody Museum in Talks To Repatriate Ponca Tomahawk Following Descendant’s Request, Nebraska Legislature Resolution

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is in talks with Ponca tribal leaders and a descendant of Ponca chief Standing Bear to repatriate to the Ponca people a pipe tomahawk that once belonged to Standing Bear, Museum Director Jane Pickering said in an interview on Thursday.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Peabody Museum Apologizes For Practices Around Native American Cultural Objects, Announces Policy Changes

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology administrators apologized for the “pain” the museum caused by its refusal to voluntarily return certain funerary objects to Native American tribes and pledged to reverse the policy in response to a letter from the Association on American Indian Affairs last month criticizing the museum.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Native American Nonprofit Accuses Harvard of Violating Federal Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

The Association on American Indian Affairs sent a letter to University President Lawrence S. Bacow in February alleging that Harvard is in violation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Aggasiz House

Professors Tapped By Bacow to Study Harvard’s Ties To Slavery Discuss Committee’s Work

The chair and two members of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery met for a Tuesday afternoon virtual webinar to discuss the Committee’s work and plans.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Massachusetts Court Dismisses Lawsuit Over Harvard’s Possession of Slave Photos

A Middlesex Superior Court judge on Tuesday dismissed Connecticut resident Tamara K. Lanier’s lawsuit against Harvard alleging that the University unlawfully possesses and profits from historic photos she says depict her enslaved ancestors. Lanier plans to appeal the decision.

Student Life

Motivated by Profits and Ideology, Harvard Students Jumped on GameStop Investing Trend

Harvard undergraduates who bought stock in GameStop earlier this month had varying prior experience in investing, and held mixed motivations for the risky investment — from an attempt to earn extra money, to a desire to punish hedge funds that had bet on the stock prices going down.

Peabody Museum

‘Part of the Colonial Enterprise’: Scholars, Advocates React to Discovery of the Remains of Enslaved People in Peabody Museum Collections

In the wake of Harvard’s announcement that the Peabody Museum had found the remains of fifteen people who had possibly been enslaved in its collections, scholars and curation advocates reacted to the implications of the Museum’s discovery.

Harvard Art Museums Fogg Museum

Harvard Art Museums Likely to Remain Closed Through Spring Semester

The Harvard Art Museums will likely stay closed for “most or all” of the spring semester, Museums Director Martha Tedeschi wrote in an email to the museum’s supporters Friday.

University Hall

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.


'A Real Dark Pandora’s Box’: Harvard Faculty React to Storming of U.S. Capitol

Harvard faculty reacted with shock and frustration — but often little surprise — to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob Wednesday that disrupted the counting of electoral votes.

Iranian Divinity School Student Case

A ‘Public Enlightenment’: Harvard Divinity School Begins New Program in Religion and Public Life

The Harvard Divinity School launched a new program in Religion and Public Life this month, its first new degree program in 50 years.


Harvard Libraries Resumes Borrow Direct, Expands Scan and Deliver Services

The Harvard libraries will resume BorrowDirect services and expand the number of collections available for scan-and-deliver services and pick-up at Lamont Library, research librarians Anna Assogba and Fred Burchsted announced in a Friday email to students, staff, and faculty.

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums Will Remain Closed At Least Until Next Year

The Harvard Art Museums will remain closed through at least December 31, 2020, Museums Director Martha Tedeschi wrote in an email to “friends and colleagues” of the museums Wednesday.

Widener Library

Amid Protests and Pandemic, Harvard Libraries Collect Materials on ‘Black America and COVID-19’

The Harvard Libraries published a new library guide Monday that collects open-access materials documenting the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic on Black Americans.

Harvard Art Museums

Square Businesses, Harvard Museums and Libraries Keep Doors Closed as Mass. Enters Phase Three of Reopening

As Massachusetts moved into the third phase of its reopening plan Monday, Harvard museums and libraries — as well as local fitness centers and movie theaters — are keeping their doors shut.