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Simon J. Levien

Crimson staff writer Simon J. Levien can be reached at simon.levien@thecrimson.com. Follow him on Twitter @simonjlevien.

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Adams House Fireplace Panel Removed
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Adams House Fireplace Panel Removed

By the evening of April 10, a loose panel on the Adams House fireplace encasing that covered racist sculptures was removed, and signs reading "What's under there?" were pasted over the panels.

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A Secret at the Hearth of Adams House

A fireplace in Adams House has racist caricatures sculpted into its pillars. Without a word, administrators boarded them up to divert attention away. Three years on, they have yet to formally, publicly acknowledge these sculptures or their literal cover-up.

Westmorly A
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Westmorly A

The entrance portal to Westmorly Court’s A entryway, which opened in 1902. Westmorly Court was a private dormitory known for the lavish lifestyle its residents afforded.

Fireplace Two Closeups
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Fireplace Two Closeups

A side profile of the middle figure on the left pillar of the Westmorly Court fireplace, and a close-up of the inner figure on the left figure, both thought to be racist caricatures. In either sport or war, these are purported to depict an Indigenous person and Asian person respectively.

Fireplace Veritas
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Fireplace Veritas

A large red Harvard shield on the overmantel of the Westmorly fireplace. The left pillar’s encasing seems to be cracked ajar.

Fireplace Encased
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Fireplace Encased

What the boarded-up fireplace looks like in the Westmorly A-entryway lobby in 2022. The panels enclosing the sculptures on either pillar are noticeably oversized and off-color.

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Fireplace Header Photo

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No Pants? Snow Problem. Primal Scream Makes a Hollering Comeback

Baring it all in the season’s first snowfall, hundreds of Harvard students gathered outside Wednesday night in jackets, underwear, and little else to resume the boisterous tradition of streaking around Harvard Yard the midnight before finals.

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Research

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pledges $500 Million for AI Institute at Harvard

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan ’07 pledged $500 million over the next 15 years to found the Kempner Institute for the Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence at Harvard, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced Tuesday.

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Student Life

SEAS Dean Doyle Pleased with ‘Smooth’ Opening of New SEC Building

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean Francis J. Doyle III said he believes the “launch phase” of the new Science and Engineering Complex has been “very smooth.”

Cornel West Union Tower
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Cornel West Union Tower

Cornel West Union Entrance
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Cornel West Union Entrance

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Cornel West Office 1

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Cornel West 2

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Cornel West 3

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