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Yesterday's News

May-June 2017

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Illustration by Mark Steele

1927

The debating team has won four of six matches during a spring-break tour of the Middle West, the editors note. In each debate, Harvard supported the affirmative side of the question: “Resolved, that the American College is a Failure.”

1952

“Korea—symbol of the undeclared war between East and West—continues to dominate the academic year 1951-52,” with the University “steering a course somewhere between total mobilization and business as usual”; 40 percent of the freshmen are enrolled in the army, navy, and air force ROTC programs.

1962

Joseph Russin ’64 guides the four-plus-ton Sonita to a sweepstakes trophy for Harvard at the first Intercollegiate Elephant Race at Orange Coun­ty State College in Fullerton, California.

1972

East Asian studies becomes Harvard’s newest concentration.…Mexican-American and Puerto Rican students schedule a conference to explore problems in implementing a Chicano-Boricua studies program at Harvard.

1997

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences adds a new quantitative reasoning course requirement to the Core Curriculum, replacing the former test-out option. 

Harvard’s first chair devoted exclusively to environmental issues is endowed by Gilbert Butler Jr. ’59 to honor the memory of his father.

More than 300 people gather in the Yard for the unveiling of a plaque on Matthews Hall commemorating Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, A.B. 1665, and the other four initial Native American students at Harvard’s Indian College.

2002

Following a year of debate and data-gathering, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences makes it easier for undergraduates to study abroad, and more difficult for them to earn academic honors.

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Challenges and response (clockwise from upper left): Prague residents watch a Communist May Day parade in 1948; the Secretary of State; physical destruction in Münster, Germany in 1945; Marshall in the Commencement procession.

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Clockwise from upper left: © Archive Photos; George C. Marshall Research Library (Montage by Jim Gipe); © Archive Photos; Harvard University News Office

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Clockwise from upper left: © Archive Photos; George C. Marshall Research Library (Montage by Jim Gipe); © Archive Photos; Harvard University News Office

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Marshall with President Conant and fellow honorands (from his left) Bradley, Wadsworth, Oppenheimer, Richards, and Eliot, before his speech.

Marshall with President Conant and fellow honorands (from his left) Bradley, Wadsworth, Oppenheimer, Richards, and Eliot, before his speech.

Courtesy of Harvard University Archives

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Illustration by Michael Witte

Click on illustration to see the full image

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