On September 14 the Faculty Council nominated a Parliamentarian for the 2016–2017 academic year and heard a presentation of a resolution by Professors Harry Lewis, Margo Seltzer, and Richard Thomas.
On August 31 the Faculty Council welcomed new members, reviewed history and policies, elected subcommittees for 2016–2017, and discussed the work of the Council in the new academic year.
In a sign of the times, political technologist Nicco Mele is taking the helm at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy. In a Q&A session, he discusses the issues that he and his center will face.
Leo Damrosch has the relaxed air of a man six years into retirement. Since adding emeritus to his title as Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Damrosch has won a National Book Critics Circle award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2013 for “Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World.” More recently, “Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake,” his study of the English poet and engraver, made this year’s shortlist for the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism.
Interview with geneticist George Church as part of the Experience series.
Five Harvard faculty members were elected to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
On April 27, the members of the Faculty Council approved preliminary versions of the University Extension School courses for 2016–2017 and Courses of Instruction for 2016–2017.
Leaving a legacy of curriculum innovation and diplomacy, Dean of Arts and Humanities Diana Sorensen steps down after 10 years of elevating the division.
Nicco Mele, the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism at the University of Southern California, is the new director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
On April 13 the members of the Faculty Council discussed the rescission of degrees.
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Interview with Michael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, as part of the Experience series.
On March 9 the members of the Faculty Council met with Provost Garber to ask and answer questions as representatives of the faculty.
On Feb. 24 the members of the Faculty Council met. Their next council meeting is March 9. The next meeting of the faculty is March 1.
On Feb. 10 the members of the Faculty Council voted to approve proposed legislation regarding the General Education Program.
Erin O’Shea, the Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has been named the sixth president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
On Jan. 27 the members of the Faculty Council heard presentations on concussion management and on faculty research funds. They also voted to approve a joint program in jazz with the Berklee College of Music and discussed proposed legislation regarding the General Education Program.
Khalil Gibran Muhammad has been named professor of history, race, and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and appointed the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He will begin at Harvard on July 1.
On Dec. 9 the members of the Faculty Council heard a proposal to create a joint program in jazz with the Berklee College of Music.
Historian Ann Blair has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor. She will become the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor.
On Nov. 18 the members of the Faculty Council approved the Harvard Summer School course list for 2016. They also heard a report on the legislated review of the Ph.D. program in Film and Visual Studies and a report on student diversity. Finally, they discussed proposed reforms to the General Education program.
On Oct. 28 the members of the Faculty Council heard an update on new systems and information security.
On Oct. 14 the Faculty Council met with Provost Garber to ask and answer questions as representatives of the faculty and heard an update on the library.
Harvard has appointed Mark C. Elliott, Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History and current director of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, as vice provost for international affairs.
The New Faculty Institute welcomed new teachers to campus. Part welcome exercise, part information session, part networking opportunity, the faculty forum was designed to make the 64 assistant professors, four associate professors, and 41 professors new to campus feel at home.
Michael D. Smith, Edgerly Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced five new Harvard College Professors in 2015.
On Sept. 16 the Faculty Council nominated a Parliamentarian for the fall term of 2015 and a Parliamentarian for the spring term of 2016. They also heard a presentation on the General Education review.
On Sept. 2 the Faculty Council welcomed new members, reviewed history and policies, elected subcommittees for 2015-16, discussed the work of the council in the new academic year, and heard presentations on health benefits and advanced standing.
The Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is adding five faculty members this fall, as the rapidly growing School expands its computer science strengths.
Cherry A. Murray, former dean of Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was nominated by President Obama to be director of the Office of Science in the U.S. Department of Energy, a key administration post.
Professor Caroline Elkins, founding director of the Center for African Studies, has been named the Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Center for African Studies at Harvard University.
Profile of windsurfer Gonzalo Giribet as part of the Practice series.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute appoints Levi Garraway, Pardis Sabeti, and Tobias Walther as investigators.
Interview with Gerald Holton as part of the Experience series.
On April 29 the members of the Faculty Council approved preliminary versions of the University Extension School courses for 2015-16 and Courses of Instruction for 2015-16.
Interview with Dean Nitin Nohria of Harvard Business School as part of the Experience series.
On April 15 the members of the council met with the president and asked and answered questions as representatives of the faculty.
Interview with Professor Helen Vendler as part of the Experience series.
On March 25 the members of the Faculty Council approved changes to the Handbook for Students for 2015-16. They also heard a review of human evolutionary biology and presentations from the Task Force on Sexual Harassment and from the University Benefits Committee.
On Feb. 25, the Faculty Council approved a concentration in Theater, Dance, and Media. They also discussed a conflict of interest policy for centers and course scheduling.
On Feb. 11, the Faculty Council voted to approve legislation regarding the affirmation of the honor code and heard a proposal from the Standing Committee on Dramatics to establish a concentration in Theater, Dance, and Media. They also met with Provost Garber to ask and answer questions as representatives of the faculty.
On Jan. 28, the Faculty Council met to change the status of the Standing Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights to an instructional program committee.
On Dec. 10 the members of the Faculty Council met in camera to discuss student disciplinary cases.
Minutes from the Faculty Council meeting held Nov. 19, 2014.
Harvard faculty members were among the 164 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders who were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in Cambridge on Oct. 11.
Interview with Professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich as part of the Experience series.
Harvard physicist Jenny Hoffman has a passion for distance. Last month in Cleveland she brought home the 2014 national championship in USA Track and Field’s 24-Hour Run, posting a final distance of more than 127 miles.
On Oct. 15, the Faculty Council heard a review of the human development and regenerative biology concentration, discussed a proposal to amend faculty legislation on dismissal and expulsion cases, heard an update on Allston planning, and discussed recent changes to health benefits.
Harvard Professor Evelynn Hammonds served as a mentor for Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH), a 10-week residential program that exposes undergraduates from across the country to life in a research university. SROH is dedicated to training young scholars from ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate training.
Beetle biologist Brian Farrell is taking the reins of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, with an eye toward increasing collaboration between Harvard scientists and those at institutions in the region. The center will also get a new executive director, Ned Strong, former director of the Chilean office.
On Sept. 3, the Faculty Council welcomed new members, reviewed history and policies, elected subcommittees for 2014-15, discussed the work of the council in the new academic year, and discussed proposed changes to course scheduling.