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WCFIA Letter in Support of Our Students in Response to the ICE Press Release

July 9, 2020
Dear Members of the Weatherhead Community,
 
Earlier this week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) issued unexpected and disheartening guidance that international students would be required to return home if their colleges and universities offered online-only courses this fall.
 
These guidelines risk public health by pressuring universities to hold additional in-person classes, even in the case of a potential surge in COVID-19 cases, if they want their international students to remain in the US. The guidelines also seek to limit the global reach and... Read more about WCFIA Letter in Support of Our Students in Response to the ICE Press Release

The WCFIA Condemns Police Violence

June 3, 2020

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs stands with Harvard University’s research centers devoted to studying human rights. We join in their commitment to condemn police violence in the United States and around the world. The joint statement—now cosigned by many Harvard centers—is as follows:

We strongly condemn the Minneapolis Police Department’s vicious and brutal murder of George Floyd. This and other recent events highlight the lethal impact of the racist criminalization of Americans of African descent and the need to explicitly name and unequivocally fight against the racism and violence that has been woven into the fabric of the United States since its founding. 

It is understandable that this longstanding, flagrant disregard for the human rights of African Americans has led to outrage across the country. We call on law enforcement officers responding to demonstrations to exercise utmost restraint and work closely with community leaders to avoid escalating the situation further. 

The murders of African Americans at the hands of police and vigilantes must stop and perpetrators must be charged and brought to justice. As research centers at Harvard University committed to human rights, we affirm the values of racial equity, justice, and non-violence. For the future of the United States, our public leaders must urgently do the same.

We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and our community. Please reach out to us if you need any resources or support—we are here to listen and to take action when needed. 

Melani Cammett, Acting Director
Michèle Lamont, Director
Theodore Gilman, Executive Director
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

April 1, 2020

Dear members of the WCFIA community,

The Weatherhead Center is following Harvard University’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As a Center focused on international relations, we are acutely aware of the importance of this issue. We ask all community members and units to do the following:

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Michael Kremer Wins Nobel Prize in Economics

October 15, 2019

Congratulations to Faculty Associate Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Department of Economics at Harvard University, for winning the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019. He shares the prize with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the three won “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.” 

The three Laureates use an experiment-based approach to fight global poverty, by breaking down larger problems into smaller and more precise questions. This approach allows them to design more specific experiments among the people most affected. From improving school results in western Kenya to introducing preventive health care subsidies in many countries, the research done by Kremer and his colleagues has measurably helped reduce poverty around the world. 

Durba Mitra Receives Roslyn Abramson Award

September 9, 2019
Faculty Associate Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor for the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, is one of the recipients of the 2019 Roslyn Abramson Award. Every year the award is given annually to assistant or associate professors for excellence in teaching undergraduates at Harvard—based on accessibility, dedication, and effective student communication. Mitra says she will use the stipend to "continue research on her upcoming book, which explores Third World feminist political thought during the second half of the twentieth century," according to the Harvard Gazette

2019–2020 Welcome Message from Acting Director Melani Cammett

August 23, 2019

Image of Melani CammettWelcome to the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Our community of scholars researches complex international, transnational, global, and comparative topics at the frontier of the social sciences. We aim to focus on the most important questions facing societies across the globe. 

It is a challenge to focus the research energy of a community that spans nine of Harvard’s thirteen schools, but our six ongoing Weatherhead Research Clusters offer broad areas for shared study. The clusters focus on international security; the reconfiguration of regions in a multipolar world; religion in public life in Africa and the African diaspora; challenges to democracy; global transformations; and comparative inequality and inclusion. In addition, we continue to support our ongoing Weatherhead Initiative on Afro-Latin American studies.... Read more about 2019–2020 Welcome Message from Acting Director Melani Cammett

Update on Jorge Dominguez: From Director Michele Lamont

May 10, 2019

We welcome yesterday’s news from Dean Gay about sanctions against Jorge Domínguez. 

Her decision will give much-needed relief to all those affected by the case and send a strong signal about what the University considers standard rules of collective living across our academic community.

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs will continue to take appropriate steps to foster a positive climate where all students, staff, and faculty are fully respected as human beings. We continue to invite your thoughts and reactions concerning how to improve our community, and how to create a more inclusive culture that allows everyone to do their best work and flourish.

Finally, I want to remind you of the resources available should you experience or witness sexual or gender-based harassment. They include the FAS Title IX Coordinators, the University Title IX Office, the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Harvard University Counseling and Mental Health Services, the Harvard Chaplains, and the Employee Assistance Program. If you are perplexed about steps to take, the ombudsman’s office is an important resource and one that will help you determine the appropriate course of action.

Best regards,
Michèle Lamont

Daniel Ziblatt Awarded Berlin Prize Fellowship

May 9, 2019

Faculty Associate Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University, is part of the fall 2019 class of Berlin Prize Fellows. The fellowship, awarded by the American Academy in Berlin, is “awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists based in the United States who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields.” Fellows live in Berlin’s Wannsee district, pursuing projects of which they normally don’t have the time or resources to devote.    

Michèle Lamont Awarded Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship

April 26, 2019
Center Director Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, is the recipient of two fellowship in 2019. First is the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, or “Brainy Award,” which awards recipients a grant of up to $200,000 to devote to their research and writing. Second is the Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship, where Lamont will be in residence for the 2019–2020 academic year to pursue writing a new book.