Messages from the Dean

The Year Ahead

September 1, 2022

Dear members of the FAS community,

Welcome back! Whether the summer took you to explore bustling new cities or the solitude of remote shorelines, or perhaps just across the Yard for ice cream, I hope that you too are starting the fall semester filled with that special blend of optimism and energy that belongs to new beginnings.

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Reflections on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery Report

April 26, 2022

Dear members of the FAS community,

Earlier today, President Bacow shared the report of the Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery. The result of nearly three years of painstaking and uncompromising research, it brings to light Harvard’s historic ties—direct, financial, and intellectual—to slavery, extending long after slavery’s end in Massachusetts in 1783. Our institution owes the members of the Committee a profound debt of gratitude for their...

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A Time for Connection and Community

March 30, 2022

Dear colleagues,

On March 14, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences implemented the University’s new guidance that made masks optional in most indoor spaces (see here for that announcement). While it was no surprise that taking off the mask would be a relief, what has been most surprising is the sense of joy that has come from seeing each other’s faces in person again. This relatively small act has made an outsized...

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Updated FAS Masking Guidance

March 7, 2022

Dear members of the FAS Community,

Earlier today, the University announced that, with limited exceptions, face coverings on campus will be optional in all indoor spaces on Harvard’s campus as of March 14. I am writing to describe how the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will implement this guidance across our School.... Read more about Updated FAS Masking Guidance

FAS Spring Term Update

January 5, 2022

Dear FAS community,

Yesterday the University shared a comprehensive update on Omicron and its implications for our campus operations. As was noted, we continue to see record high numbers of positive cases among members of the Harvard community, consistent with trends in the region and the nation, driven by this highly transmissible variant....

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FAS Activities in January

December 18, 2021

Dear colleagues,

As you saw in the message this morning, the University is carefully monitoring the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases, and particularly the spread of the Omicron variant, which is proving to be highly transmissible. The University has asked Schools to move to remote learning during January term, and to reduce the density of on-campus activities for the first three weeks of...

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