The Long Tradition of Ethnic Studies at Harvard

May 14, 2017
The Long Tradition of Ethnic Studies at Harvard

By: Tessa Lowinske Desmond and Kay Kaufman Shelemay | The Harvard CrimsonRead the full article:

[...] EMR has been operating under its new name for four years. Faded from memory is the fact that it used to be called Ethnic Studies. With the recent efforts of students through the Ethnic Studies Coalition, Harvard is once again confronted with the reality that concerns related to Ethnic Studies remain intellectually important and morally urgent. Of course, as the brilliant and committed students who make up EMR community know best, this has long been the case, and over the generations those students and supportive faculty have lobbied to elevate the study of ethnicity, migration, and rights at Harvard. Ethnic Studies is thus not new at all. One wonders why Harvard hews so closely to tradition in some cases but regularly expresses amnesia in others.