Florida school shooting survivors speak at Harvard

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Former Clinton official Mark Gearan tapped to lead Institute of Politics at Harvard

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Mark Shanahan Globe Staff  February 12, 2018 Mark Gearan, who’s spent his career in politics and academia, is the new director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.Gearan, who grew up in Gardner and worked on former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis’s 1988 presidential campaign, will begin at the IOP in March.“At Harvard, we believe in the power of public service to transform our societies for the better,” Harvard’s president, Drew Faust, said in a statement. “We are excited that Mark, a distinguished leader who has dedicated most of his impressive career to public service, will now bring his remarkable skills and passion to the IOP.” Advertisement Gearan was headquarters press secretary for Dukakis during the governor’s failed presidential bid and later served as White House deputy chief of staff and director of communications in the Clinton administration. He left the White House in 1995 to become director of the Peace Corps, and in 1999 became president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a post he held for 18 years.“The mission to inspire and prepare Harvard students to become leaders in politics and public service could not be more important,” Gearan, a Harvard alum, said in a statement. “As an undergraduate, I benefited greatly from the IOP, and I look forward to continuing its rich legacy for today’s students with vibrant programs, speakers, and ideas from academia and practice.” Loading comments... Continue Reading

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson to speak at Harvard about NFL journey, plans for new foundation

C.J. Anderson is taking his talents east. The Broncos’ running back will speak at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education on Thursday about his journey to the pros and his recently launched foundation that will provide mentorship to youth in his hometown of Vallejo, Calif. Anderson, a five-year veteran and the Broncos’ starting back, announced the inception of The Dreams Never Die Foundation late last year and unveiled plans to convert an old sports center in Vallejo into an academic and athletic haven for local youth. The new sports center, which will be housed in the current Mare Island Sports Complex, will include academic tutoring and athletic training to help prepare students for college and obtain scholarships. An undrafted free agent who signed with the Broncos out of the University of California, Berkeley in 2013, Anderson made the leap from fifth-stringer to Pro Bowler, and soon after earned the contract to boot. After Super Bowl 50, the Broncos retained Anderson on a four-year, $18 million contract, preventing the Miami Dolphins from signing him away in restricted free agency. Last season, Anderson topped 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career and for the first time for the Broncos since Knowshon Moreno in 2013. “A Conversation With C.J. Anderson” will take place on Harvard’s campus Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. For those unable to attend the event, Anderson will live-stream the chat on his YouTube channel, Youtube.com/cjandersonrb22. Continue Reading

Borges: Devin McCourty, teammates learn hard inequality lessons at Harvard seminar

FOXBORO — It was an off day not fit for man nor plow but as snow lay in foot-high piles around Harvard Square and cars crept along icy streets battered by arctic temperatures on the morning of Jan. 5, Devin McCourty was making his way to a day-long “Listen and Learn’’ session at Harvard Law School that had nothing to do with learning about who he might be facing a week later, when the Patriots were to begin their seemingly annual playoff run to the Super Bowl. Joining him in Cambridge was a small but hearty band of teammates, Duron Harmon, Johnson Bademosi and Matthew Slater along with team president Jonathan Kraft, who for the rest of the day would have their eyes opened to the real reasons some of them had taken a knee earlier this season as the national anthem played in NFL stadiums around the country. That act of silent protest against racial injustice and police brutality in America caused a stir, as it should. A movement begun by one man, the now departed and unfairly unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, had morphed into a league-wide demonstration over conditions most NFL players understood all too well. Those protests created a moment of national discomfort for a nation in denial that increased when President Trump, catering to the country’s lowest common denominator and twisting truth into a pretzel, told a cheering Alabama crowd, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now?’ ” A week later Jerry Jones, a Trump supporter, himself took a knee because Trump had enraged even players who had to that point chosen to remain standing. Seeing a looming crisis, the Players Coalition was formed and it led to a league pledge to donate $100 million over the next seven years to various groups focused on bettering law enforcement relationships in communities and seeking solutions to ongoing problems of Continue Reading

Harvey Weinstein’s ‘Finding Neverland’ opens to critical praise at Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre

Harvey Weinstein's first theatrical venture as lead producer, “Finding Neverland,” opened to critical praise at Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre, [email protected] has learned. Based on the Miramax movie of the same name, the show is headed to Broadway in the spring, and early buzz indicates it will be a winner. We hear all three major Broadway theater owners – the Shubert Organization, the Nederlander Organization and Jujamcyn Theaters – were fighting each other to land the expected hit musical. The show follows the relationship between “Peter Pan” playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired the story. In the end, the Nederlanders won after intense backroom negotiations. Following last week’s topnotch performance, a giddy Weinstein addressed the crowd and seemed to be in great spirits about his new venture. The University of Buffalo alum opened with a joke, telling the crowd, “Can someone please get a photo of me standing here? My mother always wanted me to go to Harvard, and now I’ll have proof.” MILEY’S SECOND SHOW WAS BEST Miley Cyrus closed her “Bangerz” Tour in the U.S. with, well, a bang. She was spotted having a fun night out at Chicago hotspot Underground after her Thursday show at the United Center. “Miley took some time to take photos with the nightclub’s dancers,” a spy tells [email protected] “She was wearing oversized gray sweater, jean cutoffs and a little braided bun on the top of her head. And of course, her tongue was sticking out.” “Bangerz” heads to Mexico and South America in September. GETTING SWIFT ASSISTANCE Solidifying her reputation as the perfect celebrity, Taylor Swift took her good manners and generous spirit to the streets of West Hollywood this week. After making the rounds on New York late-night shows, the singer continued her habit of giving money to homeless men while walking past Lemonade on Continue Reading

For Paul Allen, the Seahawks owner and co-founder of Microsoft, it all began at Harvard House of Pizza

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. − The road to East Rutherford begins here, at the corner of Massachusetts Ave. and Martin St., at a tiny place called Harvard House of Pizza. It has five faux-wood tables, peach-colored benches, and an amiable counterman named Naseer Khan, who is standing by a Coca-Cola clock and a sign promoting a two-slice-and-a-soda special ($4.85 plus tax), talking about the owner of the Seattle Seahawks, a guy who used to be a regular here, before anybody ever heard of Richard Sherman, the 12th man or personal computers. It was here that Paul Allen would come for pepperoni pizza with his fellow tech geek and programming prodigy, Bill Gates, knocking around ideas that would ultimately change the world, spawn a company called Microsoft and make them two of the richest college dropouts on Earth. “Being so close to Harvard, we get a lot of smart people here,” Khan, 57, says. He smiles. “I am not a computer man, though. My kids are the ones who know all about computers.” Allen turned 61 years old on Tuesday. He owns three sports teams (the Portland Trail Blazers and a piece of the Seattle Sounders of the MLS), and two victories over cancer. If he is not the most intriguing billionaire on the sports block, he is on the short list, not so much because he is coming to town for Super Bowl XLVIII or because he is three times wealthier than Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder combined (Forbes pegs his worth at $15.8 billion, good for 26th place on its Forbes’ 400 list), but because he has the most far-flung passions this side of Benjamin Franklin, and contradictions to match. Here is one Paul Allen, who worships every note that Jimi Hendrix ever played on his Stratocaster and jammed with Mick Jagger on his birthday and released an album with his group, The Underthinkers, last year on Sony Legacy (it’s called Everywhere At Once). Here is another Paul Allen, who is obsessed with space exploration, and plans to put the largest Continue Reading

Freezer malfunction thaws brains at Harvard research hospital

BELMONT, Mass. — A freezer malfunctioned at a Harvard-affiliated hospital that oversees the world’s largest collection of autistic brain samples, damaging a third of the scientifically precious specimens and casting doubt on whether they can be used in research. The director of the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center said the loss was “devastating,” particularly in light of the increasing demand for brain samples among scientists searching for the cause of autism and potential treatments. “Over the last 10 years, the autism tissue program has been working very hard to get the autism community to understand the importance of brain donation,” Dr. Francine Benes said. Now many of those samples have been compromised. The freezer failed sometime late last month at the center, which is housed at McLean Hospital in the Boston suburb of Belmont. At least 54 samples earmarked for autism research were harmed. Many of them turned dark with decay. However, an initial review indicates that the DNA in the samples is intact and can still be used for genetic research. It’s unclear, however, whether the samples could be used for the full range of neuroscience needs. Thirty-two of the brains had been cut in half, with one side placed in a formaldehyde solution and the other placed in the freezer. The samples in the solution remain available for all research projects, the hospital said. The frozen tissue samples are normally maintained at about minus 80 degrees Celsius, but the temperature had reached about 7 degrees — the temperature of a common refrigerator — when the failure was discovered, Benes said. That means an important chemical cousin of DNA called RNA was destroyed, she said. Center officials say they’ve already completed an inspection of the equipment to ensure the safety of the collection. Dr. Fred Volkmar, an autism researcher and director of the Child Study Center at Yale Continue Reading

Harvard-educated Mitt Romney rips President  Obama for spending too much time at Harvard

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is ripping President Obama's Harvard education-despite having two degrees from the Ivy League university himself. The former Massachusetts governor made the bizarre remarks during a stop in Harrisburg, Penn. on Thursday. "We have a president who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps," said Romney." "Or maybe not enough time working in the real world. I think to create jobs in the private sector it helps to have had jobs in the private sector," he added. Romney has actually spent more time at Harvard than Obama. In 1975, the White House hopeful earned a joint JD/MBA degree at the prestigious school over the course of four years-one year longer than the three years Obama spent there getting his law degree. In addition, three of Romney's sons have post-graduate degrees from Harvard, and he gave $50,000 to the business school in 2003. It's not the first time Romney has zeroed in on Obama's education -a move politicos say is geared towards shedding his own buttoned-up, elitist image. He has previously bemoaned during speeches that Obama takes his advice from Harvard faculty. "My career was spent in the economy," Romney said in Illinois last month. "I didn't learn about the economy just reading about it or hearing about it at the faculty lounge at Harvard" Obama too has been trying to seize on Romney --who has an estimated net worth of about $250 million--and his rich guy image. On Thursday, the president’s top aides called on Romney to relase more of his tax returns and questioned if he used loopholes to avoid disclosing some of his financial investments. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Elena Kagan hearings: Supreme Court Justice nominee grilled over military recruitment ban at Harvard

WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was forcefully put on the defensive Tuesday when a top Republican grilled her over banning military recruiting at Harvard University. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, accused the Manhattan-born Kagan of treating the U.S. military "in a second-class way" by limiting recruiting in a student services office while she was dean of Harvard Law School. The supremely confident Kagan acknowledged that she kept out recruiters because of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy toward gays and lesbians in uniform - but insisted that enlistments from the campus, done instead by a veterans group, actually went up anyway. Kagan has long maintained that the Pentagon policy on gays, which President Obama is working to repeal, is "unwise and unjust." "I believed it then and I believe it now," she told the lawmakers at her Senate confirmation hearings. Kagan said she was enforcing Harvard rules by protecting her law students from discrimination - including gays and lesbians, who might have wanted to join the military, she explained. "The military at all times during my deanship had full and good access," she testified. "Military recruiting did not go down....It went up." Kagan, who is expected to replace retired liberal Justice John Paul Stevens, said she has "only cried once during this process" - when a Marine officer who attended the law school wrote an op-ed defending her as pro-military. But Sessions wasn't convinced, and railed at her for disrespecting those who volunteer to go into harm's way for their country. Her answers were "unconnected to reality," he said. Generally, however, even a defensive Kagan appeared more relaxed and at ease with debating the Senate confirmation panel than Obama's first nominee, fellow New Yorker Sonia Sotomayor. She even made senators crack up in laughter several times. When Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) brought up the Christmas Day Continue Reading

Harlem man arrested in murder at Harvard is son of retired NYPD cop

The Harlem man charged in the fatal shooting of a drug dealer in a Harvard University dorm is the son of retired city cop and an aspiring songwriter. The revelations by a defense attorney for 20-year-old Jabrai Jordan Copney came just before the suspect pleaded not guilty to charges he took part in the murder of Justin Cosby. "My son is not a murderer," Yvette Bloem told The Daily News earlier. "He was raised very well and is very respectful." Bloem, who said she was with her son "when he turned himself in" Thursday, denied prosecutors' claims that Copney and two other New Yorkers - both still being sought - travelled up to Cambridge, Mass., to stage a "drug rip" of Cosby. "It's a hard situation," she said. "My son wasn't into drugs, my son wasn't into being a thug." "The truth will come out," she said. Copney, a graduate of the Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts in Brooklyn, was ordered held without bond after his arraignment in Massachusetts. Police do not believe Copney was the triggerman, but he is charged with murder, accessory after the fact to murder, and possession of a firearm. Cosby, 21, had been selling pot to students at Harvard and went to Kirkland House on Monday afternoon with marijuana and money, Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone said. When he got there, Cosby and his accomplices attacked, Leone said."It was that encounter between the four men that went bad," Leone said. "The common denominator that led to the intent to rip-off Justin Cosby of both money and drugs was that Justin and Jordan were known to each other through Harvard students."Leone did not release the names of the two female students. They have not been charged.Cosby, who lived in Cambridge but did not attend Harvard, fled after he was shot and collapsed about a block away. He was found with about a pound of marijuana and about $1,000 in cash. He died of his wounds on Tuesday.Cosby's family issued a statement calling him a "fashion Continue Reading