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The Harvard Foundation Responds to Anti-Asian Violence and Discrimination

February 18, 2021

 

Dear Students, Staff, Faculty, and Members of the Harvard Foundation community,

Last Friday, February 12, was Lunar New Year. What should have been a season of celebration was instead punctuated by a spate of violent attacks against vulnerable members of the Asian community in the United States. 

On our own campus, members of the Harvard community, including the Korean International Student Association (KISA), have been actively responding to the harmful inaccuracies promoted by Harvard Law School Professor J. Mark Ramseyer’s...

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Antiracism in Higher Education: A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi

November 18, 2020

The Radcliffe Institute, in collaboration with the Harvard Foundation, the Center for Wellness, and the Harvard College Everywhere initiative, hosted a discussion about antiracism in higher education with Ibram X. Kendi, the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist (One World, 2019). Kendi, currently the Frances B. Cashin Fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, was joined in conversation by Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana, who explored questions posed by current Harvard College students.... Read more about Antiracism in Higher Education: A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi

EDI Staff Commitment to Dismantling White Supremacy

June 12, 2020

Dear Community Members,

It is with deep sorrow and fury that we’ve struggled to navigate this pivotal moment in history. We mourn Ahmaud ArberyBreonna TaylorNina PopTony McDade, and George Floyd, and those whose names we have never learned. We recognize Iyanna Dior and all other Black transgender, non-binary, and intersex people recovering from hate crimes. It is imperative that we dismantle white supremacy together and acknowledge its impact on all intersections with Black communities that are often overlooked and underserved. We affirm that all Black lives matter – all the time. We acknowledge that to matter is the minimum. Black lives are sacred and Black lives are needed.... Read more about EDI Staff Commitment to Dismantling White Supremacy

Solange Knowles is the Harvard Foundation's Artist of the Year

February 21, 2018

The Harvard Foundation has named Grammy Award-winning recording artist, songwriter, and visual artist Solange Knowles as its artist of the year. She will be recognized at the annual award ceremony on March 3 at Sanders Theatre.

Knowles, who recently was named one of Glamour magazine’s women of 2017 and received the Billboard Impact Award, has used her public platform to advocate for justice and fair representation, promoting constructive and empowering political messages. From her acclaimed album “A Seat at the Table” to performing for then-...

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Sir Elton John in Sanders Theater

Sir Elton Extols Power of Human Spirit

November 16, 2017

By Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff Writer

His musical genius has earned him millions of fans, five Grammy Awards, and an Oscar. His fashion sense has inspired countless runways and pop singer imitators. But on Monday it was Sir Elton John’s devotion to charitable work that earned him one of Harvard’s major honors.

The singer, songwriter, and philanthropist received the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award during an afternoon ceremony at Sanders Theatre that included a performance by the...

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In Memoriam: Saying goodbye to the Harvard Foundation’s founding director

October 2, 2017

By Chris Reagle, Harvard Correspondent 

The pews in Memorial Church filled quickly last Wednesday as hundreds gathered to remember the late S. Allen Counter, a man many say shaped their futures and left an indelible footprint on the Harvard community — if not the world.

Nine speakers, including President Drew Faust, shared the podium for 90 minutes to tell a piece of the story of a gifted boy from the segregated South who became an erudite Harvard scientist and doctor, teacher, explorer, and statesman.

A noted neurophysiologist at Harvard Medical...

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In Memoriam: S. Allen Counter 1944-2017

July 19, 2017

The world has lost one of its greatest humanists, but the recent death of Dr. S. Allen Counter will most adversely affect African Americans. There is no one else to explore the globe so bravely, in search of the history of the African people.

As founder and director since 1981 of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Counter created an institution at Harvard University that obviated impending student ethnic balkanization in favor of respectful appreciation for ethnic and racial diversity. Fully aware that outstanding celebrities in music, theater,...

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S. Allen Counter: A Great Man, A Lasting Legacy

July 14, 2017

By NWORAH B. AYOGU

Most people know Dr. S. Allen Counter for the events he has overseen and the individuals he has brought to campus: world leaders, nobel laureates, and Grammy winning singers. He honored a yearly Humanitarian of the Year, put on a science conference for minority grade schools students, and started the portraiture project to commission portraits of diverse individuals to better reflect Harvard’s history...

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