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Are We All in This Together? NYT oped by Michael Sandel

April 13, 2020

Opinion

Are We All in This Together?

The pandemic has helpfully scrambled how we value everyone’s economic and social roles.

Mobilizing to confront the pandemic and, eventually, to reconstruct the shattered economy, requires not only medical and economic expertise but moral and political renewal. We need to ask a...

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Municipal leaders stress clear communication is vital during pandemic

Municipal leaders stress clear communication is vital during pandemic

April 10, 2020

This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.

The coronavirus pandemic is testing the management and leadership skills of mayors across the country — particularly in larger cities like New York, Detroit, and Chicago, which have been hit with far greater intensity than more rural...

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The pandemic’s impact on education

The pandemic’s impact on education

April 10, 2020

This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.

As former secretary of education for Massachusetts, Paul Reville is keenly aware of the financial and resource disparities between districts, schools, and individual...

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Harvard Kennedy School assesses the effect of pandemic on prisons

April 10, 2020

This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.

Across the country and the world, communities are working feverishly to measure the coronavirus pandemic’s impact — struggling with shortages of tests and depleted health care capabilities to gauge the numbers of the infected, the...

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Harvard and MIT donate $500,000 for emergency shelter in Cambridge

April 7, 2020

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made matching donations of $250,000 each to the city of Cambridge to cover costs associated with the creation of a temporary emergency shelter at the War Memorial Recreation Center, Field House, and garage.

“Since this outbreak began, residents of Cambridge have benefited from the extraordinary generosity and partnership of the city’s leading business and academic institutions,” said Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale in a joint statement announcing the $500,ooo donation.

“...

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Mayors get crisis response lessons from Harvard experts

Mayors get crisis response lessons from Harvard experts

April 3, 2020

Hundreds of mayors and municipal leaders from across the United States and the world are turning to experts from Harvard for help in managing their cities’ response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

In weekly sessions organized by the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Coronavirus Local Response Initiative, nearly 400 mayors and hundreds more senior city officials and leaders are receiving real-time advice on everything from public health to crisis leadership.

“The world is facing an...

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How coronavirus is affecting ‘To Serve Better’ projects

How coronavirus is affecting ‘To Serve Better’ projects

April 3, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 is quickly changing the way that nearly all organizations operate, especially groups committed to public service and social support systems. The Gazette spoke to some of the Harvard students, alumni, faculty, and staff from the “To Serve Better” project about how the global pandemic is affecting their community-focused organizations.

 

Emily Broad Leib

Harvard Law School
Clinical professor of law, director of the...

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Harvard professors call to help incarcerated population

Harvard professors call to help incarcerated population

April 2, 2020

This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.

As the world scrambles to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, Harvard experts across the University are trying to help one of the most vulnerable populations survive the crisis.

More than 75 faculty members from the...

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Food Law and Policy Clinic steps up efforts during pandemic

April 1, 2020

During a pandemic, a lot of things come to a halt, but one thing that never ceases is our need for a reliable supply of safe, nutritious food. Harvard Law School Professor Emily Broad Leib, J.D. ’08, director of the HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), and her students have been working furiously to ensure that the most vulnerable — and ultimately the rest of us — are fed.

Broad Leib and the clinic have long been a resource for food producers, food-...

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Economists cheered by stimulus plan but see long, tough slog ahead

Economists cheered by stimulus plan but see long, tough slog ahead

March 25, 2020

This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.

The Senate late Wednesday passed a wide-ranging, record $2 trillion relief package targeting individuals,...

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