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Date and Location

May 22, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Contact

617-496-2061

Please join us for virtual conversations about Harvard's LGBTQ+ past, present, and future –– on the occasion of a very difficult centennial.

 

In 1920, Harvard formed a "Secret Court" to investigate homosexual activity among its student body. Headed by Dean Chester Noyes Greenough within the administration of President Abbott Lawrence Lowell, the tribunal conducted a months-long witch hunt resulting in the expulsion or removal of eight students, one recent graduate, and an assistant professor. Only two of those students were ever readmitted to receive a Harvard degree, and two eventually died by suicide. The history of the Court was not discovered until 2002 in a Crimson investigation, 82 years after the injustice occurred. At the time, then-President Larry Summers responded in a short statement claiming that the events were "part of a past that we have rightly left behind," adding that "we are a better and more just community today because those attitudes [of persecution on the basis of sexual orientation] have changed as much as they have."   

 

This spring, we will inaugurate a series of programs to mark the centennial of the "Secret Court," take stock of Harvard's queer century since then, and reflect on the past, present, and future of LGBTQ+ life across the University.

"Living Legacies," will take place on Friday, May 22, 3-4:30pm EDT, featuring current undergraduate and graduate student leaders: 

  • Alden Fossett, AB '21
  • Natalie Gale, AB '21
  • Diego Garcia Blum, MPP '21
  • Russell Reed, AB '20
  • Kimm Topping, EdM '20
  • Kamille Washington, AB '10, MC/MPA '21
  • Moderated by Sheehan Scarborough, AB '07

Please register for "Living Legacies" here

 

Speakers and Presenters

  • Alden Fossett, AB '21
  • Natalie Gale, AB '21
  • Diego Garcia Blum, MPP '21
  • Russell Reed, AB '20
  • Kimm Topping, EdM '20
  • Kamille Washington, AB '10, MC/MPA '21
  • Moderated by Sheehan Scarborough, AB '07

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