WCFIA Announcements

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

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.

2018–2019 Welcome Message from Director Michèle Lamont

August 24, 2018

Image of Michele LamontWelcome 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. This is why with this new academic year, we are launching three new Weatherhead Research Clusters focused on international security, the reconfiguration of regions in a multipolar world, and religion in public life in Africa and the African diaspora. These complement our existing clusters on global populism/challenges to democracy, global transformations, and comparative inequality and inclusion. We will continue to support three ongoing Weatherhead Initiatives, which concern gender inequality, climate engineering, and Afro-Latin American studies.... Read more about 2018–2019 Welcome Message from Director Michèle Lamont

Update on Professor Jorge Domínguez to WCFIA Community

March 6, 2018

Dear colleagues,

For the last week, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs community has faced several formidable challenges following the Chronicle of Higher Education’s distressing accounts of sexual harassment by Professor Jorge I. Domínguez, former Center Director and Vice Provost for International Affairs, and until recently Chair of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, one of the programs affiliated with the Center. I am writing to update you on recent developments and measures we are taking internally to address the situation.

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WCFIA Response to Chronicle Article

March 2, 2018

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs is unambiguously committed to the policy and practice of zero tolerance of sexual harassment or gendered disparity of treatment; in positive terms, we are committed to an atmosphere of safe, healthy, and robust engagement with each other as teachers, students, and colleagues. We will continue working to sustain an environment in which we can all do our best work. If you have any concerns, or if you have suggestions on ways in which we can better foster such an environment, please do not hesitate to talk with ...

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2017–2018 Welcome Message from Director Michèle Lamont

August 27, 2017

Image of Michele LamontWelcome to the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Our community of scholars is committed to studying complex international, transnational, global, and comparative topics and to producing first-rate research. Our affiliates include 235 Harvard Faculty Associates, and over 150 graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scholars, fellows, and postdoctoral researchers. Our community draws members from nine of Harvard’s thirteen schools, making us a strong interdisciplinary presence on campus.

Weatherhead Center scholars seek to dive deep into understanding a broad range of challenges facing the world. This academic year, we are launching Weatherhead Research Clusters focused on global populism, the history of global transformations, and comparative inequality and inclusion. Over the next three years, faculty, students, and visiting scholars will collaborate on research and publications. We will continue to support three ongoing Weatherhead Initiatives, which concern gender inequality, climate engineering, and Afro-Latin American studies.

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WCFIA Responds to the Executive Order to Ban Refugees and Immigrants from Seven Majority Muslim Countries

January 31, 2017

As director and executive director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, we want to express solidarity with all the members of our community and other human beings who will be affected by this ill-considered executive order. This decision inflames existing tensions and represents an inexcusable attack against Muslims. It also violates our sense of communal living as well as fundamental human rights principles and obligations to protect refugees.

The executive order will affect our students, faculty, and our partners in many parts of the world. It defies the values,...

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