Photo: The 40 national and international mayors in the Class of 2018.Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was one of 40 national and international mayors chosen for an intensive education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.“I endeavor to be a lifelong learner, so I’m grateful for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative for providing the opportunity to convene with fellow city leaders to exchange ideas, discuss how to best approach pressing issues, and gain insight from the wealth of knowledge in the room,” said Benjamin. “If we desire to continue to create in Columbia a world-class city, we must continue to learn from experts and leaders from across the country and around the world.”As a participant in the Initiative’s 2018 program, Benjamin was part of a class of dedicated mayors attending a program delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School as well as world-class experts from … [Read more...] about Mayor Benjamin Joins 2nd Class Of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative
By Marc Levy Sunday, July 22, 2018Last revised on: Sunday, July 22, 2018Monday Improbable Research Table Talk: “Are Cats Both Liquid & Solid?” from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Toscanini’s, 159 First St.,East Cambridge. In the first of a new series of public events, Ig Nobel Prize founder Marc Abrahams and ice cream-making gourmet and Tosci’s founder Gus Rancatore lead a brief talk about a research study that makes people laugh, then think – in this case, the Ig Nobel-winning study “On the Rheology of Cats.” Information is here. “Summer In The City” by Bright Star Theatre from 10 to 11 a.m. at John A. Ahern Field, 104 Fulkerson St., at the Kennedy-Longfellow School tot lot, East Cambridge. (Rain site: Kennedy-Longfellow School, 158 Spring St., East Cambridge.) Free. Cambridge Arts’ Summer in the City series brings a performance of folk songs such as “Shenandoah” and “This Land is Your Land” and folktales … [Read more...] about A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: Jazz fest, murder at Harvard, funny science
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Deirdre Fernandes Globe Staff July 31, 2018 Many of the nation’s most selective universities came to Harvard’s defense on Monday against a lawsuit that attacks its use of race in admissions, underscoring the potential that the case could upend diversity efforts across higher education.While Harvard’s admissions policies may be at the center of the affirmative action lawsuit brought by Students for Fair Admissions, colleges and universities made it clear in court filings that Harvard’s race-conscious practices are far from unusual and urged the court to uphold them.Sixteen institutions including George Washington University, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology argued that if the court prevented the use of race as a factor in admissions it would be “an extraordinary infringement on … [Read more...] about Elite colleges come to Harvard’s defense in affirmative action case
He had perfect scores — on his SAT, on three SAT subject tests and on nine Advanced Placement exams — and was ranked first in his high school class of 592. An admissions officer who reviewed his application to Harvard called him “the proverbial picket fence,” the embodiment of the American dream, saying, “Someone we’ll fight over w/ Princeton, I’d guess.” But in the end, the student was wait-listed and did not get in. Generations of high school students have applied to Harvard thinking that if they checked all the right boxes, they would be admitted. But behind the curtain, Harvard’s much-feared admissions officers have a whole other set of boxes that few ambitious high school students and their parents know about — or could check even if they did. The officers speak a secret language — of “dockets,” “the lop list,” “tips,” “DE,” the “Z-list” and the … [Read more...] about ‘Lopping,’ ‘tips,’ and the ‘Z-list’: Bias lawsuit explores Harvard’s admissions secrets
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Deirdre Fernandes Globe Staff July 28, 2018 Getting into Harvard requires top grades, impressive extracurricular pursuits, and a dynamic personality.But there’s another way in: the Z list.Never heard of it? That’s generally the way Harvard likes to keep it. Advertisement But according to filings in the recent affirmative action lawsuit against Harvard, the university’s records show that every year about 60 students — mostly white and well-connected — enter Harvard through what is called the Z list. There’s a catch, though: These applicants are required to defer the start of college for a year. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Universities across the country have their admissions … [Read more...] about How do you get into Harvard? For the lucky few, there’s the Z list.