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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. 

Peter A. Hall Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 17, 2019
Faculty Associate Peter A. Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, is elected to the 239th class of new members at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the Academy’s mission is to honor members across “increasingly diverse fields and with the work focused on the arts, democracy, education, global affairs, and science.” Hall joins a class of over 200 new members, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, who will all be inducted at a ceremony in October 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Matteo Maggiori Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

April 10, 2019
Faculty Associate Matteo Maggiori, associate professor of economics at Harvard University, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Along with 168 other scholars, writers, and artists, Maggiori was selected from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. The fellowship, awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, furthers the “development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.” 

Ya-Wen Lei Selected as Public Intellectuals Program Fellow

April 8, 2019

Faculty Associate Ya-Wen Lei, assistant professor of sociology at Harvard University, was selected to be a fellow for the sixth cohort of the Public Intellectuals Program by the National Committee on United States-China Relations. The program, launched in 2005, is “dedicated to nurturing the next generation of China specialists who, in the tradition of earlier China hands, have the interest and potential to venture outside of academia to engage with the public and policy communities.” The Public Intellectuals Program offers many opportunities over the course of two years—including requiring each fellow to organize a public outreach program. 

Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good Honored with Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award

April 8, 2019

Faculty Associate Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good, professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard University, has been honored with the 2019 William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award at the Harvard Medical School. The award was established in 1997 and was renamed the William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award in 2001. This distinction was made to honor and acknowledge the lifetime commitment Dr. Silen made to mentoring students, residents, and faculty. 

Vikram Patel Wins John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

April 2, 2019
Faculty Associate Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and professor of global health and population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is the recipient of the 2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. Canada’s prestigious medical award is given annually to a “scientist whose advances have (or will potentially have) a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world.” The award is given by the Gairdner Foundation, and provides each laureate with $100,000 CDN to spend as they choose. 

Inclement Weather Notice

March 4, 2019

The University, FAS, and the Weatherhead Center are open for normal operations today, Monday, March 4. Please check our website and those of individual schools and units for specific schedule alterations. Travel to campus will be difficult this morning and may delay arrival for many. Those who need to significantly alter their schedules due to unsafe travel conditions in their local areas or due to other personal circumstances (such as childcare needs) should be in contact with their supervisors. For full details on Harvard closings, visit Harvard's emergency notification page or call 617-496-NEWS for the latest information.

Update on Jorge Domínguez: One Year Out

February 26, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

One year ago, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article about sexual harassment allegations against Harvard Professor Jorge Domínguez. Subsequently, Harvard began investigating these allegations and placed Domínguez on administrative leave. The investigation is still underway. The Weatherhead Center shares the frustration of students and colleagues about the lack of forthcoming information and the pace of the investigation. As our initial statements say, WCFIA remains committed to promoting zero tolerance of sexual harassment or gendered disparity of treatment. We take these allegations seriously and continue to take action to ensure a safer environment while acknowledging the need to do more. 

As always, we welcome your voice to this conversation. Please contact me or Executive Director Ted Gilman if you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions.
 
With my best,
Michèle Lamont

Kathryn Sikkink Wins 2019 HR Distinguished Scholar Award

February 26, 2019
Faculty Associate Kathryn Sikkink, Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, is the recipient of the 2019 Human Rights Section’s Distinguished Scholar Award. The award is given on a biennial basis by the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association. It “recognizes an individual whose lifetime achievements in scholarship, teaching, and mentoring have made a significant impact on the field of human rights.”

Mary C. Waters Named Margaret Olivia Sage Scholar

January 31, 2019

Faculty Associate Mary C. Waters, PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences and John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology, has been named a 2019–2020 Margaret Olivia Sage Scholar by the Russell Sage Foundation. Established in 2015, the Margaret Olivia Sage Scholars program provides the opportunity for distinguished social scientists to spend brief periods in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation so they can pursue their own research and participate in other activities such as mentoring visiting scholars and advising foundation stakeholders on research initiatives. 

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