The Quiet Fight to Keep Legacy Admissions

Most elite colleges, like Yale and Harvard, give a boost to applicants who are children of alumni. But with affirmative action under attack, that may become harder to defend.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #nepotism, #supreme-court-us, #yale-university

A Conservative Lawyer’s New Target After Abortion: Affirmative Action

Jonathan F. Mitchell, who helped draft Texas’ six-week abortion ban, has turned his attention to Harvard’s race-conscious admissions program.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #colleges-and-universities, #constitution-us, #harvard-university, #mitchell-jonathan-f-1976, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-north-carolina

New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The prime minister’s rules kept transmission at bay for two years, and by the time the highly infectious Omicron variant hit, the vast majority of New Zealand’s population had been vaccinated.

#ardern-jacinda, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #harvard-university, #new-zealand, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Major Findings of Harvard’s Report on Its Ties to Slavery

Harvard University issued a 130-page report investigating its ties to slavery, and its legacy. Here are the key findings.

#admissions-standards, #bacow-lawrence-s, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #segregation-and-desegregation, #slavery-historical

Harvard Creates Fund to Redress Its Ties to Slavery

The university is committing $100 million, joining other universities that are grappling with their complicity in the institution of slavery.

#bacow-lawrence-s, #black-people, #harvard-university, #reparations, #simmons-ruth-j, #slavery-historical, #united-states

Joe Kahn Is Named Executive Editor of The New York Times

Mr. Kahn, 57, will take over a newsroom undergoing enormous change.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #baquet-dean, #dallas-morning-news, #harvard-university, #hiring-and-promotion, #kahn-joseph, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #sulzberger-a-g

Joe Kahn: A Quiet Intensity, Matched With Big Ambitions

Joe Kahn, the next executive editor of The New York Times, has had a steady rise in journalism. It began with a decision to turn his focus to China.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #baquet-dean, #bok-derek, #china, #content-type-personal-profile, #far-eastern-economic-review, #harvard-university, #hiring-and-promotion, #kahn-joseph, #macfarquhar-roderick, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #wall-street-journal

What Ketanji Brown Jackson Means to Black Women at Harvard Law School

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is poised to be confirmed to the Supreme Court this week, making her the first Black woman to serve as a justice. Here’s what that means to Black women at her alma mater.

#harvard-university, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us, #women-and-girls

Justice Thomas Ruled on Election Cases. Should His Wife’s Texts Have Stopped Him?

The nature of the text messages was enough to require recusal, legal experts said. But the Supreme Court has traditionally left such decisions to the discretion of the justice in question.

#conflicts-of-interest, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #harvard-university, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roberts-john-g-jr, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #thomas-virginia-lamp, #trump-donald-j

Ketanji Brown Jackson Fought Injustices While at Harvard

A look at Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s career as a Harvard student shows her early passion for justice, and her strong sense of identity.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #harvard-law-review-journal, #harvard-law-school, #harvard-university, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us

Making the SAT and ACT Optional Is the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Intended or not, it sends a message that some students of color are less capable.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #hispanic-americans, #internal-sub-only-nl, #race-and-ethnicity, #tests-and-examinations, #university-of-north-carolina

Private Equity Investor Sentenced to 15 Months in College Bribery Case

Prosecutors said John Wilson, 62, of Lynnfield, Mass., paid more than $1.2 million to ensure that his three children would be admitted to elite universities as purported Division I athletic recruits.

#abdelaziz-gamal, #admissions-standards, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #singer-william-1960, #stanford-university, #university-of-southern-california, #wilson-john-b-1959

After Sexual Harassment Lawsuit, Critics Attack Harvard’s Release of Therapy Records

The very act of making a sexual harassment claim can set off a convoluted legal procedure unfamiliar to accusers. Experts say the university has both legal and ethical considerations.

#colleges-and-universities, #comaroff-john, #graduate-schools-and-students, #harvard-university, #kilburn-lilia, #mental-health-and-disorders, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation

Paranoia About #MeToo Overreach at Harvard

Why were some of America’s leading scholars so quick to defend John Comaroff?

#metoo-movement, #colleges-and-universities, #comaroff-john, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #harvard-university, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Colleagues Who Backed Harvard Professor Retract Support Amid Harassment Claims

The retraction came after three female graduate students filed a lawsuit accusing the university of ignoring allegations that an anthropology professor had sexually harassed students for years.

#colleges-and-universities, #comaroff-john, #farmer-paul-e, #gates-henry-louis-jr, #greenblatt-stephen, #harvard-crimson, #harvard-university, #kilburn-lilia, #lepore-jill, #letters, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil

The Supreme Court Fails Black Voters in Alabama

The voting rights decision is further evidence of an impatient conservative majority.

#abortion, #alabama, #american-civil-liberties-union, #arizona, #black-people, #discrimination, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #harvard-university, #kagan-elena, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #law-and-legislation, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #race-and-ethnicity, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #roberts-john-g-jr, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #university-of-north-carolina, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

A Lawsuit Accuses Harvard of Ignoring Sexual Harassment by a Professor

The controversy surrounding John Comaroff, an anthropologist, has divided the faculty, with scholars like Jill Lepore and Henry Louis Gates Jr. supporting their colleague.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #colleges-and-universities, #farmer-paul-e, #gates-henry-louis-jr, #graduate-schools-and-students, #greenblatt-stephen, #halley-janet, #harvard-university, #john-comaroff, #kennedy-randall, #lepore-jill, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation, #women-and-girls

End Affirmative Action for Rich White Students, Too

Obviously.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #bush-george-w, #harvard-university, #hurston-zora-neale, #internal-sub-only-nl, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #when-affirmative-action-was-white-an-untold-history-of-racial-inequality-in-twentieth-century-america-book

The Path to Social Equity in Higher Ed Doesn’t Run Through Harvard

We need a broader vision of equity.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #asian-americans, #colleges-and-universities, #equity, #harvard-university, #internal-sub-only-nl, #racial-preferences, #supreme-court-us, #try-harder-movie

It’s Time to End Race-Based Affirmative Action

Socioeconomic class is a better justification for it.

#a-charlie-brown-christmas-tv-program, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #encanto-movie, #harvard-university, #internal-sub-only-nl, #roblox-corp, #supreme-court-us, #university-of-north-carolina

Affirmative Action Was Never a Perfect Solution

Should we rethink how colleges use racial preferences?

#affirmative-action, #asian-americans, #blum-edward-j, #discrimination, #harvard-university, #internal-sub-only-nl, #students-for-fair-admissions, #supreme-court-us

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at Harvard and U.N.C.

The court’s new conservative supermajority may be skeptical of admissions programs that take account of race to foster educational diversity.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #blum-edward-j, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #harvard-university, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #students-for-fair-admissions, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-north-carolina

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There is talk about moving from ‘containment to management,’ with fewer restrictions as spring semester progresses.

#colleges-and-universities, #cornell-university, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #harvard-university, #leebron-david-w, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #rice-university, #university-of-florida, #university-of-wyoming, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-virginia-university

Expecting or Planning? There’s Nothing Magic About Age 35.

Prenatal and postpartum care is organized around an outdated definition of “advanced maternal age.”

#harvard-university, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #internal-sub-only-nl, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

E.O. Wilson, a Pioneer of Evolutionary Biology, Dies at 92

A Harvard professor for 46 years, he was an expert on insects and explored how natural selection and other forces could influence animal behavior. He then applied his research to humans.

#animal-behavior, #ants, #deaths-obituaries, #evolution-biology, #harvard-university, #wilson-edward-o

Bosses Have a New Headache: How Long Should Sick Workers Isolate?

Amid staffing shortages, companies are weighing conflicting guidance on when employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus can safely return to work.

#airlines-for-america, #brooklyn-nyc, #brown-university, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #city-practice-group-of-new-york-citymd, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #delta-air-lines-inc, #doordash-mobile-app, #harvard-university, #hochul-kathleen-c, #jetblue-airways-corporation, #jha-ashish-1970, #merckcompany-inc, #national-football-league, #pfizer-inc, #quarantines, #scripps-research-institute, #society-for-human-resource-management, #target-corporation, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Colleges Fear Mental Health Crisis Amid Covid Surge

After almost two years of remote schooling, restricted gatherings and constant testing, many students are isolated and depressed. Omicron may make things worse.

#anxiety-and-stress, #capilouto-eli, #claremont-mckenna-college, #colleges-and-universities, #cornell-university, #dartmouth-college, #depaul-university, #depression-mental, #generation-z, #harvard-university, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #northwestern-university, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #university-of-kentucky, #youth

In a Boston Court, a Superstar of Science Falls to Earth

A jury found Harvard chemist Charles Lieber guilty of lying to the federal government about his participation in China’s Thousand Talents recruitment program.

#china-initiative, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #harvard-university, #justice-department, #lieber-charles-m-1959, #science-and-technology, #wuhan-university

In a Boston Court, a Harsh Spotlight Falls on a Heavyweight of Science

The trial of Charles Lieber offers a peek inside the world of big-money, big-prestige science as the U.S. cracked down on Chinese funding.

#china-initiative, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #harvard-university, #justice-department, #lieber-charles-m-1959, #science-and-technology, #wuhan-university

‘Schizophrenia’ Still Carries a Stigma. Will Changing the Name Help?

Many people with or connected to the mental illness approve of updating the name, a new survey shows. But some experts are not convinced it’s the answer.

#beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center, #boston-mass, #harvard-university, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #psychology-and-psychologists, #schizophrenia, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

A Harvard Scam and the Best Podcasts of 2021: The Week in Narrated Articles

Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #ham, #harvard-university, #immigration-and-emigration, #meat, #nursing-homes, #podcasts, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Harvard Won’t Require SAT or ACT Scores for Admission for Several Years

The university joins many others that have eliminated the ACT and SAT requirements, adding fuel to the movement to get rid of standardized test scores.

#act-examination, #admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #sat-college-admission-test, #tests-and-examinations

Harvard Extends Test-Optional Admissions Policy for Four Years

The university joins many others that have eliminated the ACT and SAT requirements, adding fuel to the movement to get rid of standardized test scores.

#act-examination, #admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #sat-college-admission-test, #tests-and-examinations

Someone Offered ‘Harvard’ Jobs to Known Women in India. It Was a Scam.

For over a year, prominent women in India, including journalists, were reeled into a labyrinthine online scam, offering work with Harvard University. Who targeted them, and why, is a mystery.

#anand-bharat-n, #bharatiya-janata-party, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #harvard-university, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #impostors-criminal, #news-and-news-media

Trump Weaponized the Supreme Court

The three justices appointed by Trump are doing exactly what they were sent to the court to do.

#abortion, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #american-federation-of-state-county-and-municipal-employees, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #colleges-and-universities, #constitution-us, #firearms, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #gun-control, #harvard-university, #jackson-womens-health-organization, #kagan-elena, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #maine, #mcconnell-mitch, #mississippi, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state, #new-york-state-rifle-and-pistol-assn, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #rehnquist-william-h, #religion-state-relations, #roberts-john-g-jr, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #senate, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Doctors Often Prescribe Placebos. But How Well Do They Work?

An Australian researcher argues that the medical community has enshrined placebos as “mysterious and highly effective” in clinical care on the basis of flawed research.

#australia, #chronic-condition-health, #harvard-university, #kaptchuk-ted-j, #placebos, #research, #university-of-sydney

‘Dickinson’ on AppleTV+ Is Ending. But the Props Live On in Archives.

The Apple TV+ series “Dickinson” is donating scripts, props and other artifacts — including painstaking replicas of the poet’s manuscripts — to the Emily Dickinson Museum and Harvard University.

#amherst-mass, #apple-tv-plus, #archives-and-records, #books-and-literature, #colleges-and-universities, #dickinson-tv-program, #dickinson-emily, #dickinson-emily-archive, #dickinson-emily-museum-amherst-mass, #harvard-university, #houghton-library, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #poetry-and-poets, #smith-alena, #television

How Can Something Be Racist but Not Racist at the Same Time?

These days, it’s hard to tell.

#harvard-university, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #internal-sub-only-nl, #race-and-ethnicity, #television, #the-fresh-prince-of-bel-air-tv-program, #trump-donald-j

A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes? For One Man, It Seems to Have Worked.

A new treatment using stem cells that produce insulin has surprised experts and given them hope for the 1.5 million Americans living with the disease.

#clinical-trials, #diabetes, #harvard-university, #insulin, #melton-douglas, #pagliuca-felicia, #research, #semma, #stem-cells-embryonic, #vertex-pharmaceuticals-inc

As Turkeys Take Over Campus, Some Colleges Are More Thankful Than Others

From California to Minnesota to Massachusetts, turkeys have taken a liking to university life, leading to social media stardom and crosswalk confrontations.

#california-polytechnic-state-university, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #turkeys, #university-of-california-santa-cruz, #university-of-minnesota, #university-of-wisconsin

The Supreme Court Tactic That Aims to Kill Affirmative Action

A group suing Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has asked the court to hear the two cases together in a bid to increase its chances of a ruling that would apply across higher education.

#admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #race-and-ethnicity, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #university-of-north-carolina

Divestment Is Pushing Money Away From Fossil Fuels

The divestment campaign has taken much of the shine off what was once the planet’s dominant industry.

#coal, #colleges-and-universities, #endowments, #ford-foundation, #france, #global-warming, #great-britain, #harvard-university, #ireland, #loyola-university-chicago, #manchin-joe-iii, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #paris-france, #peabody-coal-co, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #philanthropy, #princeton-university, #quebec-province-canada, #reed-college, #rockefeller-foundation, #roman-catholic-church, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #states-us, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states

Friends Row On After Teammate’s Death, Leaving One Seat Empty

Charlie Hamlin, a former Olympic rower who dominated races well into his 70s, died in May. On Sunday, his longtime teammates plan to row the Head of the Charles Regatta with an empty seat in his memory.

#alzheimers-disease, #boats-and-boating, #harvard-business-school, #harvard-university, #head-of-the-charles-regatta, #rowing

Amid U.S.-China Chill, Harvard Moves a Top Language Program to Taiwan

A university spokesman said the move had long been planned. The program’s director said the decision was based on a perceived lack of friendliness on the part of the host institution.

#beijing-china, #china, #chinese-language, #harvard-university, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #taipei-taiwan, #taiwan, #united-states

On Divestment, Harvard Activists Won

Climate activists on campuses across the country have spent years organizing in the name of fossil fuel divestment. That organizing is starting to pay off. 

#boston-university, #colleges-and-universities, #endowments, #global-warming, #harvard-university, #university-of-minnesota

Two Parents Are the First to Face Trial in College Admissions Scandal

At issue are the parents’ conduct, U.S.C’s admissions practices and possibly the fairness of the college admissions process itself.

#abdelaziz-gamal, #admissions-standards, #college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #parenting, #singer-william-1960, #stanford-university, #university-of-southern-california, #wilson-john-b-1959

Harvard Says It Will Not Invest in Fossil Fuels

The announcement is a major victory for the climate change movement, and marks a striking change in tone for the university.

#bacow-lawrence-s, #colleges-and-universities, #endowments, #global-warming, #harvard-university

The New Chief Chaplain at Harvard? An Atheist.

The elevation of Greg Epstein, author of “Good Without God,” reflects a broader trend of young people who increasingly identify as spiritual but religiously nonaffiliated.

#colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #massachusetts, #religion-and-belief

Push to Return 116,000 Native American Remains Is Long-Awaited

Changes to U.S. regulations would seek to eliminate red tape that has delayed the return of burial remains and sacred objects held by museums and other institutions.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #haaland-deb, #harvard-university, #indigenous-people, #interior-department, #museums, #national-park-service, #native-americans, #peabody-museum, #united-states-politics-and-government

Hubert Joly Turned Around Best Buy. Now He’s Trying to Fix Capitalism.

“The more taxes I pay, the happier I am,” says Mr. Joly, who is waging a campaign to get big business to be more socially responsible.

#best-buy-company-inc, #content-type-personal-profile, #corporate-social-responsibility, #executive-compensation, #executives-and-management-theory, #harvard-university, #joly-hubert, #labor-and-jobs, #shopping-and-retail