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Harvard's New Chief Chaplain Is an Atheist

Greg Epstein is author of 'Good Without God'

(Newser) - In best-selling book Good Without God, Greg Epstein argues that belief in a higher being is not a mandatory requirement for leading a good, moral life. It's also not a requirement for becoming chief chaplain at Harvard. Epstein, the university's humanist chaplain since 2005, has been unanimously elected...

Harvard Admissions Essay of Teen Who Lost Mom Goes Viral

Abigail Mack explains why she hates the letter S

(Newser) - Getting into Harvard is an impressive achievement by anyone's measure. But for one Massachusetts teen, her admittance involves a most emotional backstory and a TikTok video series that has since gone viral. Per Upworthy , 18-year-old Abigail Mack lost her mother to cancer, and she took to the social media...

Harvard Asked to Return Standing Bear's Tomahawk

Oklahoma lawyer, a descendant, makes the request

(Newser) - An Oklahoma lawyer who's a descendant of Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Tribe has called on a Harvard University museum to return a relic it has on display, arguing that it lacks a moral right to possess it. "Standing Bear's tomahawk in your possession is an...

Descendant of Slaves Loses Photo Fight With Harvard

Mass. judge rules university is rightful owner of photos of slaves taken for racist project

(Newser) - Photos of an enslaved father and daughter taken for a racist project at Harvard belong to the school, not the slaves' direct descendant, a Massachusetts judge has ruled. Tamara Lanier, who grew up hearing about great-great-great grandfather Renty, only learned about the 1850 daguerreotypes of himself and daughter Delia in...

JFK's Harvard Sweater Has a New Owner

Presidential items auctioned ran from Washington to Biden

(Newser) - John F. Kennedy's Harvard University sweater, given away to a television cameraman who mentioned that he was chilly while interviewing Jacqueline Kennedy, has sold at auction for more than $85,000. The crimson wool cardigan, featuring a large, black, block-letter "H" and eight white mother-of-pearl buttons, was one...

TV Anchor Quit for Harvard Job. Then She Noticed 'Anomalies'
TV Anchor Quit for Harvard Job.
Then She Noticed 'Anomalies'
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TV Anchor Quit for Harvard Job. Then She Noticed 'Anomalies'

Nidhi Razdan of NDTV says she fell victim to a 'sophisticated and coordinated phishing attack'

(Newser) - Nidhi Razdan spent 21 years as the lead anchor of India's NDTV, which one might think would give her the chops to take on a position as an associate professor of journalism at Harvard. In fact, in June she said she was giving up her job to do that...

And Now, a New College Admissions Scandal

Ex-Harvard coach, father charged in $1.5M scam

(Newser) - The former fencing coach at Harvard and a wealthy Maryland businessman were arrested Monday on accusations that the coach took $1.5 million in bribes in exchange for helping the businessman get his two sons into the Ivy League school as recruited fencers, the AP reports. Peter Brand, 67, who...

10 Best Colleges in the US
10 Best Colleges in the US

10 Best Colleges in the US

Harvard is best overall; University of Michigan tops among public schools

(Newser) - It's an unusual year for colleges, but a new ranking by the Wall Street Journal /Times Higher Education has a familiar theme: Ivy League schools dominate, thanks largely to their deep pockets. The rankings take into account a number of factors, including graduates' salaries and debt, how much the...

Harvard, MIT Sue Over ICE Order on Foreign Students

'Its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness': Harvard president on order to send students home

(Newser) - Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are suing the Trump administration over its plan to force international students to leave the US or transfer to another college if their schools offer online-only classes this fall. "The order came down without notice—its cruelty surpassed only by its...

Harvard Students Will Pay $49,653 for Remote Learning

40% of undergrads can live on campus this fall

(Newser) - Harvard says that because of the pandemic, students this year will experience "a fall like no other"—although one familiar thing will be the tuition fees. The university says all classes will be conducted remotely, but tuition will not be discounted from $49,653, CNBC reports. The university...

Harvard Won't Accept $8.7M in Aid After All
Harvard Changes
Mind on That $8.7M

Harvard Changes Mind on That $8.7M

University reverses course on federal aid after criticism from Trump and others

(Newser) - President Trump is getting his wish . Harvard University said Wednesday it would not accept $8.7 million in federal aid from the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package. Stanford, Princeton, and Yale also announced they would not take the millions set aside for them, as scrutiny of the wealthy universities'...

Trump Demands Harvard Pay Back $8.6M

University says $8.6M in relief was no loan

(Newser) - Harvard says it has no intention of paying back nearly $9 million in coronavirus relief aid, despite President Trump's demand it do so. During Tuesday's coronavirus briefing, Trump said the world's wealthiest university, with an endowment fund of $40 billion, should pay back $8.6 million it...

Harvard's Message to Students: Don't Return From Spring Break

Ivy League school, Amherst College to transition to online learning

(Newser) - Harvard is moving all graduate and undergraduate classes online amid concerns about COVID-19. In a Tuesday statement , President Lawrence "Larry" Bacow said classes would ideally move online by March 23, when they were due to resume on campus following a spring recess. In an effort to "limit exposure...

Harvard's Chemistry Chair Accused of Lying About China

Charles Lieber was arrested on Tuesday

(Newser) - There's another big story out that mentions Wuhan—just one not related to the coronavirus. The chair of Harvard's chemistry department was on Tuesday charged with making false statements to the Department of Defense regarding his role in China's Thousand Talents Plan. Bloomberg explains that it and...

'Uncle for a Movement' Is Dead at 88
'Uncle for
a Movement'
Is Dead at 88

'Uncle for a Movement' Is Dead at 88

Baba Ram Dass, spiritual guru and LSD pioneer, has died

(Newser) - Baba Ram Dass, the 1960s counterculture spiritual leader who experimented with LSD and traveled to India to find enlightenment, returning to share it with Americans, has died. He was 88. Dass' foundation, Love Serve Remember, announced late Sunday that the author and spiritual leader died peacefully at his home earlier...

At 'The Game,' Protesters Chant 'OK, Boomer'

Crowd of mostly students disrupts annual Yale-Harvard showdown, 20-30 arrested

(Newser) - Protesters in the colors of both Harvard and Yale staged a sit-in at midfield of Yale Bowl during halftime of the 136th edition of the annual football rivalry known as The Game. Most walked off after about an hour, reports the AP , and 20-30 who remained were arrested. A few...

Judge Rules in Harvard's Favor in Affirmative Action Case

Judge upholds university's admissions process, says it does not discriminate against Asian Americans

(Newser) - Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit that reignited a national debate over affirmative action. US District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said in her decision that Harvard's admissions process is "not perfect" but passes constitutional...

Harvard Boss Regrets Referring to Donors as Freed Slaves

Lawrence Bacow compared policy change to 13th Amendment

(Newser) - The president of Harvard has apologized for appearing to liken university donors to freed slaves. Lawrence Bacow on Tuesday told hundreds of alumni and fundraising staff members that donors now can give to any Harvard college, and will no longer be "owned" by the one they attended. His explanation...

Harvard Freshman Denied Entry to US, Deported

He says officer disapproved of his friends' online posts

(Newser) - On Friday, Palestinian teenager Ismail Ajjawi arrived in Boston on his way to start his freshman year at Harvard. Eight hours later, he was kicked out of the country. The 17-year-old, who lives in Lebanon, says his visa was canceled and he was deported after an immigration officer disapproved of...

A Harvard Prof Says He Was Scammed. Now, Even More Men

Bruce Hay apparently had plenty of company in his interactions with Maria-Pia Shuman, Mischa Haider

(Newser) - The story of Harvard Law professor Bruce Hay and the jaw-dropping relationship he found himself caught up in with two shady-seeming women has an update. In the original longform for the Cut , Hay described his tumultuous interactions with Maria-Pia Shuman and Mischa Haider, which led to a paternity claim, an...

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