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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Laverne Cox to be Awarded Harvard’s Highest Honor for African and African American Studies

September 26, 2022

The Hutchins Center for African American Research buildingSeven individuals — including basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actress Laverne Cox — will be awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African and African American studies, next month.

The awards will be handed down by Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, which announced the recipients last Wednesday.

Read the full story in The Harvard Crimson.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III named 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture speaker

September 22, 2022

Freemna Hrabowski wearing regalia at Harvard commencementFreeman A. Hrabowski III, president emeritus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), has been named the inaugural 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture speaker.

An esteemed leader in higher education, Hrabowski’s 30-year tenure as UMBC’s president received national recognition and praise for his commitment to advancing underrepresented minorities’ participation in science, technology, and engineering. He has also been a staunch proponent of colleges’ and universities’ place in the fight to dismantle structural racism.

Read the full story in Harvard Gazette

Announcing the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecturer

September 22, 2022

Harvard President Lawrence BacowA Community Message from Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow:

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III will deliver our inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture on Wednesday, October 12. The event, which will be held in Sanders Theatre and streamed live online, begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be reserved here.

When I announced the lecture series earlier this year, I shared my hope that it would create a new way for Harvard to participate in a critical and ongoing national conversation about racial justice, equity, and opportunity. No voice in American higher education has been more persistent and prominent in that discussion than that of Dr. Hrabowski.

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Above, left: Lawrence S. Bacow

COVID Updates and Monkeypox Guidance

August 12, 2022

Giang Nguyen, Executive Director of Harvard University Health ServiceMutual respect is a core value, so I ask that we all avoid any language or behaviors that stigmatize individuals or communities with monkeypox infections. While the media has largely focused on sexual transmission routes of this infection, it is important to understand there are other routes of transmission, including direct contact with infectious rashes, scabs, or body fluids and touching items (linens and clothing) previously touched by infectious rashes or body fluids. More information on monkeypox can be found at:

Read the full statement to the community from Giang Nguyen, Executive Director of Harvard University Health Service

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