Intimidating journalists Follow the news on India India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Rehbar, whose strings include the investigative website The Wire, says she and her colleagues are also the victims of the disdain that officials show towards information obtained from sources they don’t control directly. “Our stories are usually incomplete because we didn’t get a quote from authorities,” she said. Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting RSF_en This “media facilitation centre” was set up in Srinagar as a face-saving tactic after telecommunications has been shut down for ten days. It consists of ten computers with Internet connections. What with the inadequate number of workstations and complete lack of respect for confidentiality, RSF already called it an absurdity last November. Now Covid-19 has compounded its flaws. “In the pandemic, it has become almost impossible to work in such a crowded place as the media centre,” Mohammad said. to go further The streets of Srinagar, the Kashmiri capital, were completely deserted this morning. The only human presence were the paramilitaries who are occupying the city and patrolling all of Jammu and Kashmir. This is a result of an order issued two days ago by the government in New Delhi to impose a “full curfew” throughout the territory ahead of the anniversary. On the first anniversary of the Indian government’s sudden decision to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and simultaneously disconnect telecommunications there, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has examined the current state of press freedom in this northern territory with the help of its journalists. In the light of their alarming accounts, RSF calls on the Indian government to immediately change its policy or go down in history as a regime that deprived the region’s 8 million inhabitants of reliable news and information at the height of a pandemic. To this end, the New Delhi-controlled government of Jammu and Kashmir unveiled an Orwellian project for regulating the media in June. Called the “New Media Policy,” it allows the government to control and censor all journalistic content deemed to constitute “fake news,” without providing any definition of what that means. August 5, 2020 India: A year of throttling journalism in Kashmir All the harassment and obstruction of journalists is deliberate policy, Zargar thinks. “All this points to one thing, that journalists need to behave in a certain way acceptable to state,” he said. “And this is being done in a very brazen manner. Now that most of the local media have already been brought to heel, I think the government wants to control independent journalists and those writing for prestigious national and international outlets.” Risk of infection No coverage outside Srinagar Having to rely on a facility controlled by the central government is a major challenge for independent journalists not working in newsrooms. Kashmir Walla assistant editor Rayan Naqash told RSF: “I went to the media facilitation centre a couple of times when I was on deadline and my Internet wasn’t working at home. It’s simply impossible to maintain social distancing there. The risks were quite obvious.” Aside from this kind of police harassment, Kashmir’s journalists are subjected to far more pernicious curbs on their freedom, starting with the suspension of high-speed mobile Internet. This is one of the biggest problems for journalists, Kashmir Press Club vice-president Moazum Mohammad told RSF. “Many of us don’t have high-speed fixed-line Internet, so we have to go to the media facilitation centre to work.” “This Internet ban not only jeopardizes the lives of these journalists but also puts their families at risk,” he said. “And the absurdity is that the government wants us journalists to be thankful that they created this centre.” Help by sharing this information News She added: “I go to the media facilitation centre to email my stories to media outlets, which is already tiresome. But, because of the slow-speed Internet, I often miss my deadlines. And I haven’t been able to apply for any fellowships or grants because of the Internet blackouts.” RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Receive email alerts “As a freelance journalist, this affects me a lot because, when I’m reporting for any national or international outlet, they need all sides of the story.” As a result, she has sometimes had to scrap stories or omit information because officials refused to either confirm or deny it. “What with widespread self-censorship within the local press and India’s national media already being subjected to intermittent intimidation because of their coverage, the new media policy has clearly doomed journalism in Kashmir,” one journalist said on condition of anonymity. April 27, 2021 Find out more Chinese-style censorship News China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, while India is ranked 142nd after falling gradually for years and falling another two places in 2020, in part because of the press freedom violations in Kashmir. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsImprisonedInternetJudicial harassment For Kashmir’s citizens, this is a sad reminder of what happened a year ago, on 5 August 2019, when it became one of the world’s biggest news and information black holes, with all forms of communication – Internet, mobile data, TV and fixed-line telephone – suddenly suspended. The Kashmir Valley, from which foreign reporters had already been barred for several months, was cut off from the world. As RSF pointed out in February, New Delhi has succeeded in imposing the longest e-curfew in history. One of the latest edifying example of this situation was the arrest of Qazi Shibli, the editor of The Kashmiriyat news website, on 31 July. The police confirmed yesterday that he is being held in Srinagar prison but gave no reason for his arrest. He was released in April after being detained provisionally for nine months for nothing more than a tweet. Democracies don’t do this Everything indicates that journalists are being forced to perform a balancing act if they want to keep working independently. And the security forces often try to throw them off balance, as was the case last April, when RSF reported a harassment campaign in which three journalists were arrested in the space of just three days. The criminal accusations brought against them were all completely baseless and probably had no other aim but to intimidate all journalists. Organisation Official disdain News It means that central government-appointed bureaucrats are now able to say what is true and what is “fake,” and to decide what is acceptable and what is “anti-national.” “This looks like the Chinese state censorship model,” Zargar said. Coverage of parts of Kashmir outside Srinagar has become virtually impossible because of the difficulties of working there, freelancer Quratulain Rehbar says. “I am from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district where the Internet is usually disconnected for one reason or another, such as gunfights,” she said. “The Internet cuts are the only reason I’m based in Srinagar, far from my home.” “Working has been hell for journalists in Kashmir for the past year,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Drastic controls on information, obstructing the dissemination of articles and videos, intimidation by the security forces in the field, every kind of judicial harassment and violation of the confidentiality of sources – the list of press freedom violations by the Indian authorities in Kashmir is unworthy of a democracy. If Narendra Modi’s government maintains these policies, it will go down in history as the one that deprived 8 million citizens of reliable news and information in mid-pandemic.” IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Armed conflictsImprisonedInternetJudicial harassment Safwat Zargar, who reports for the Scroll.in news portal, told RSF that the very idea that journalists have to go to a government facility to use the Internet at a time when people around the world are working from home and practicing physical distancing is “just terrible.” Paramilitary soldiers patrol along a street during a curfew in Srinagar on August 4, 2020. A curfew has been imposed across Indian Kashmir just two days before the first anniversary of New Delhi’s abolition of the restive region’s semi-autonomy, and the imposition of a total communication blockade, on 5 August 2019 ( photo: Tauseef Mustafa / AFP). March 3, 2021 Find out more News Last March, RSF reported a rise in cases of police intimidation and violations of the confidentiality of sources. There has been little improvement since then. “There have been incidents in which reporters and photojournalists were roughed up by cops although they were just doing their jobs as journalists,” Srinagar-based freelancer Syed Ali Safvi said. “Harassing reporters by summoning them to police stations poses a serious threat to the free flow of information.” February 23, 2021 Find out more
Top StoriesNo Advantage To Candidate When The Very Selection Is Illegal: SC Upholds Termination Of 8882 Teachers In Tripura [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 Aug 2020 5:09 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has affirmed the termination of 8,882 ad-hoc teachers in Tripura. The bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and Vineet Saran observed that, as their very selection and appointments were found to be illegal and invalid, no other advantage can be conferred upon the concerned candidates.”In our view, considering the fact that the very selection and appointments were found to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has affirmed the termination of 8,882 ad-hoc teachers in Tripura. The bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and Vineet Saran observed that, as their very selection and appointments were found to be illegal and invalid, no other advantage can be conferred upon the concerned candidates.”In our view, considering the fact that the very selection and appointments were found to be illegal and invalid, no other advantage can be conferred upon the concerned candidates”, the bench obseved In 2014, the Tripura High Court had terminated the appointment of 10,323 government school teachers on the ground that the selection was contrary to the provisions of the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993 and the relevant policies and that the appointments were arbitrary and illegal. It was found that the selection was irrational and illogical and that it suffered from nepotism and favouritism. In 2017, the Supreme Court modified the High Court’s order, directing the state Government to complete a fresh selection process on or before December 31, 2017. The bench allowed those teachers appointed earlier to apply again, and continue till the completion of the fresh selection process(Tanmoy Nath vs State of Tripura).8,882 ad-hoc teachers were working in the School Education Department and in terms of the directions issued by the Supreme Court in the decision Tanmoy Nath vs State of Tripura, were terminated after the Academic Session 2019-2020 was over. Some of them challenged this termination before the High Court of Tripura. The High court dismissed the petitions observing that petitioners are seeking review of the judgment rendered in Tanmoy Nath (supra) which is not permissible in law, more so on the doctrine of merger.While dismissing the appeals, the Apex Court bench noted that the legality and validity of the entire selection process and the appointments of about 10,323 teachers were gone into in detail in Tanmoy Nath case. It said:”The findings rendered by the High Court and its conclusions were accepted by this Court while dismissing the appeals arising therefrom. Though the services of the concerned teachers were initially protected only upto 31.12.2017, accepting the plea made on behalf of the State, the concerned date was extended from time to time. It is a matter of record that the services of such candidates now stand terminated. In terms of the directions issued in Tanmoy Nath and appeal arising therefrom, the State is obliged to conduct selection process in which the concerned candidates will be entitled to participate with age relaxation. The age relaxation has now been afforded by the State in all selections till 31.03.2023, which benefit is quite adequate and proper.” The court further observed that the attempt on part of the State in offering certain alternate employment is not to degrade the teachers but some solace is being offered even in cases where the candidates do not succeed in the selections to the posts of teachers. While dismissing the appeals, the bench further said:”The candidates, if they are otherwise competent and eligible, will certainly have every opportunity till 31.03.2023 to get selected for the posts of teachers in the State and by way of additional benefit those who are unsuccessful in such attempts may retain the alternate employment. In our view, it does not amount to any degradation.”Case name: Ajoy Debbarma and others vs. State of Tripura and othersCase no.: CIVIL APPEAL NO.2868 OF 2020Coram: Justices UU Lalit and Vineet SaranCounsel: Senior Advocates Rajeev Dhavan, Kapil Sibal, Colin Gonsalves, Jaideep Gupta, Maninder SinghClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Story
Pinterest Two separate investigations are underway into a double drowning off the Donegal coast.A 16 year old boy and a man in his 60’s died while a man in his 40’s survived.Gerry Doherty set off for a fishing trip along with 16 year old Thomas Weir and another man shortly after 9 yesterday morning.However at around midday they got into difficulty – Joe Joyce is with Lough Swilly RNLI:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/joejoyce1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The alarm was raised by members of the public who heard cries for help and despite a major search and rescue operation only one of them survived.The local community is today in shock – Gerry Doherty was originally from the area and was also known as Gerry Malin Doherty.His father also tragically drowned at the same spot almost 40 years ago.Local councillor Martin McDermott:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/17mcdermott-boat-clip-pq.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.16 year old Thomas Weir was from Scotland but had been living in Derry in recent months – while a third man in his 40’s was also from Derry.All three had family connections.Attention now turns to what caused this tragedy to unfold – with both the Gardaí and the Marine Casualty Investigation Board launching separate inquiries. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleBuncrana Road reopensNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday 18th July News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Two separate investigations underway following drowning tragedy Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – July 18, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Pinterest Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook WhatsApp Google+
Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Previous articleMc Bride elected in LetterkennyNext articleSeamus O’Domhnaill on the loss of his seat News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The Glenties count has finished with four candidates elected without reaching the quota.Fianna Fail’s Anthony Molly and Noreen Mc Garvey, Sinn Fein’s Marie Therese Gallagher and Fine Gael’s Michael Mc Clafferty were all deemed elected without reaching the quota.Oisin Kelly spoke to Noreen Mc Garvey, and first, Anthony Molloy……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/molloyelect-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/mcgervelect.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – May 26, 2019 Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Gallagher, Mc Garvey, Mc Clafferty, and Molloy elected in Glenties Twitter Homepage BannerNewsx Elections 2019 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Google+
John and Edward Grimes, better known as ‘Jedward’, were in Christ Church on Wednesday morning.They were filming their new TV programme, ‘Jedward’s Big Adventure’, to be aired in January.Once they’d finished filming they went over to watching students, took out a hand held video camera and started asking them questions such as which subjects they took, what they thought was the best thing about Oxford and why no one is allowed to walk on the grass.One second year History of Art student who was pictured with John, commented, “John grabbed me by the waist in noticing we were wearing the same coat, and said I was his ‘Oxford girlfriend’. Upon leaving, he shouted ‘Bye Oxford girlfriend!’, blew me a kiss then proceeded to do a cartwheel! They were lovely.”Jake Downs, also pictured with Jedward, added, “They were really sweet; clearly the fame hasn’t gone to their heads. Certainly one of the most surreal moments of my time in Oxford so far!”Jedward are famous for their stint on the ITV show ‘The X Factor’, and for representing the Republic of Ireland twice at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Library ‘Comic Con’ to be held June 23The North Bergen Free Public Library will hold their second Comic Con event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at their uptown location. The free event will feature a costume contest, video games, a raffle with prizes, special guests, and other activities.For updates and more, visit the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave.Farmers Market returns to Braddock Park beginning June 24The popular Braddock Park Farmers Market returns to North Bergen beginning June 24. It will be held every Sunday from June 24 through Sept. 30 at the Veterans Memorial on 90th Street and Bergenline Avenue.This year’s farmers market will see returning vendors and some new vendors, as well as occasional entertainment. The market is sponsored by Freeholder Anthony Vainieri and Mayor Nicholas Sacco. Waive your library fines at the North Bergen Public LibraryThe North Bergen Free Public Library is holding an amnesty event for North Bergen and Guttenberg residents.Return all your overdue North Bergen items from June 17 through June 30 at either library location and the fines will be forgiven.The main library is at 8411 Bergenline Ave. The Kennedy Branch is at 2123 Kennedy Blvd. For more information call (201) 869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org.Secaucus medical marijuana dispensary granted permission to openThe state Department of Health has granted the Harmony Dispensary medical marijuana facility a permit to open, according to a press release.The dispensary opened Monday, June 18. It operates seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The address is 600 Meadowlands Pkwy.Patients will have access to eight strains, initially, with more planned for coming months. The dispensary is also planning extractions for the future. Current offerings include whole flower marijuana in 1/8 and 1/4 ounce packages, and a convenience line of pre-ground flower in loose, pre-rolled form.The building is located a mile from the Secaucus Junction NJ Transit station, and is near local buses and highways to New York City.“It is high time that we begin to provide patients with our much-needed products, and our system of continuous planting and harvesting has already provided an inventory that should help alleviate any bottlenecks or pent-up demand in the state at this time,” said Harmony CEO Shaya Brodchandel, in the release. “We are now seeking to expand our production in anticipation of patient need continuing to increase.” Snoop Dogg to headline Jersey City Fourth of July celebrationThe Fourth of July celebrations being held in the Exchange Place area of Jersey City will feature rapper Snoop Dogg.Snoop Dogg is also a songwriter, record producer, television personality, and actor who has sold more 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide.He will headline Jersey City’s fifth annual July 4th festival on the Hudson Waterfront to celebrate Independence Day. The carnival-style spectacle will take place at the Hudson River Waterfront and the adjoining area surrounding Harborside, both of which have light rail stops for easy commutes from nearby towns.The free all-day music, food, technology and entertainment experience boasts views of the New York City skyline, and will become the scene of the state’s largest fireworks show.The celebration will begin at noon with a full-scale carnival, continuous entertainment, several beer gardens, and an elite conglomerate of food trucks. The show will culminate with the world-renowned fireworks company Grucci lighting up the skyline from multiple barges on the Hudson River.“I think the Jersey City side of Hudson River is going to be the place that people want to be for the 4th of July this year. Period. Between Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Grucci, and Snoop, we are raising the bar,” said Mayor Steven Fulop.50 Star Fireshow’s headlining stage, presented by title sponsor Private Internet Access, will be located in the Exchange Place Plaza.Spectators are encouraged to arrive by public transportation to the festival area, with easy access to PATH trains, NY Waterway ferry service from Manhattan, and NJ TRANSIT’s Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. Anyone attending the event should also be advised that any bags or backpacks brought into the designated area are subject to search, and attendees are encouraged to pack belongings in clear bags that show contents. Coolers will not be allowed.Register now for summer programs at the libraryThe North Bergen Free Public Library’s summer program registration for the main library and the Kennedy Branch is open now to North Bergen and Guttenberg residents. Proof of residency and library card are required. Registration is limited.Programs are available for adults and for children of all ages from babies to teens. Registration is open until July 7. Programs run from June 25 through Aug. 4 for adults, and July 9 through Aug. 18 for children.For more information contact the North Bergen Public Library at (201) 869-4715 or visit www.nbpl.org. The main library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. and the Kennedy branch is at 2123 Kennedy Blvd. Secaucus medical marijuana dispensary granted permission to openThe state Department of Health recently granted the Harmony Dispensary medical marijuana facility in Secaucus a permit to open, according to a press release.The dispensary opened Monday, June 18. It operates seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The address is 600 Meadowlands Pkwy.Patients will have access to eight strains, initially, with more planned for coming months. The dispensary is also planning extractions for the future. Current offerings include whole flower marijuana in 1/8 and 1/4 ounce packages, and a convenience line of pre-ground flower in loose, pre-rolled form.The building is located a mile from the Secaucus Junction NJ Transit station, and is near local buses and highways to New York City.“It is high time that we begin to provide patients with our much-needed products, and our system of continuous planting and harvesting has already provided an inventory that should help alleviate any bottlenecks or pent-up demand in the state at this time,” said Harmony CEO Shaya Brodchandel, in the release. “We are now seeking to expand our production in anticipation of patient need continuing to increase.” North Bergen High School graduation is June 26North Bergen High School seniors will have their graduation Tuesday, June 26 at 10 a.m.The ceremony will take place at Bruins Stadium inside Braddock Park. Contact the school for admissions information and other details. North Hudson municipalities, including North Bergen and West New York, participated in the annual Flag Day Parade down Bergenline Avenue on June 14, including burning old, out-of-service flags. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz) ×North Hudson municipalities, including North Bergen and West New York, participated in the annual Flag Day Parade down Bergenline Avenue on June 14, including burning old, out-of-service flags. See briefs for more information. (Photo credit: Art Schwartz)
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Last spring, Harvard President Drew Faust joined with Civil Rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis to affix a plaque on Harvard’s Wadsworth House in honor of Titus, Venus, Bilhah, and Juba, who lived and worked there as enslaved persons during the presidencies of Benjamin Wadsworth and Edward Holyoke in the 1700s. “Today we take an important step in the effort to explore the complexities of our past and to restore this painful dimension of Harvard’s history to the understanding of our heritage,” said Faust during the unveiling. “The past never dies or disappears. It continues to shape us in ways we should not try to erase or ignore.”This Friday, the University will take another step in exploring its long-ago ties to slavery with a major daylong symposium at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study that will examine the relationship between slavery and universities.Leading into the conference, the Gazette spoke with Faust about Harvard’s ongoing commitment to acknowledging and understanding the grimmer aspects of its past.GAZETTE: Last year you, along with Congressman John Lewis, unveiled a plaque on Wadsworth House in honor of four enslaved persons who worked and lived there during the 18th century, and you urged in a Crimson editorial that the University more fully acknowledge and understand its links to slavery. Is the upcoming conference at Radcliffe a next step in that commitment?FAUST: We started planning the conference at the same time we were talking about and planning for the plaque, recognizing that we knew something about the history of slavery at Harvard — the four individuals honored on the plaque are a bit of our knowledge — but we knew there was much more. And we also knew that it would be beneficial to have a way of understanding what our peer institutions have learned about slavery on their campuses and how they’ve responded to it. And so the whole genesis of the conference was to bring the attention of the community here at Harvard to this part of Harvard’s past, to explore it more fully, and to understand the ways other institutions have responded to the history of slavery in their environments. So it’s as much an effort to raise awareness as it is an effort to learn more.GAZETTE: How does Harvard come to grips with its early involvement in slavery when it, as with other early American colleges, has so few records on those who were considered property and often not even noticed historically? How do we properly honor what we barely can document now?FAUST: This is so much the essence of expanding understanding of the history of slavery, which coincides with my time as a historian. When I got my Ph.D. in 1975, we were in the midst of an explosion of inquiries into the history of slavery. And for many generations people said, “Oh, we can’t know anything about it.” Then historians just got much more imaginative about the kinds of sources they used and the ways they looked for the past. And it affected what we knew about enslaved people and the system of slavery, but also more generally. It was called at the time “the history of the inarticulate,” meaning we can’t just settle for the history of statesmen and generals and people who kept extensive records.If we want to understand the past in its full form, we have to be more ingenious in order to be able to trace the lives of women, of workers, of people who were not literate — and of people who were forbidden literacy, Americans who were enslaved. And so this whole explosion of historical resources came out of that commitment to expand the compass of who was included in our history.One of the things happening now is that archivists, who have never looked for these things, are finding them in odd places. Titus, one of the enslaved persons from Wadsworth House, didn’t leave extensive personal papers the way Charles William Eliot did, but if you dig around you can find property records, you can find baptismal records. For instance, we have found a lot about Native American history through archaeology here on campus, and similar kinds of archeological research have yielded a great deal of information about slave plantations in the South. So what are the means that we could employ to really look more assiduously for a record that is there? I know it will be there. It may not be as full as the written records of the presidents of Harvard, but we are going to find a lot and already have found a lot.GAZETTE: You are a historian of the Civil War, which was fought to end slavery in America. Do you see this effort by Harvard as a logical extension of your career and concerns?FAUST: I grew up in Virginia, and Southern history was a really rich area of historical practice when I entered the profession. It was around the time that the Civil Rights Movement had brought issues of race front and center in American life. Studying Southern history always meant trying to understand a burdensome past and a past that, for me, had messages about the kind of delusions and inhumanities we may be embracing in the present.So how do we learn to interrogate ourselves and to understand the complexities of what humans of any era face and how they come to find a moral path, or not? That to me is a fundamental lesson of this history. And I think for much of my lifetime that had been confined to thinking about the American South. I would say that has needed to extend much more broadly to the history of the nation as a whole. And indeed the historiography, what scholarship has done in the last 20 years, is to emphasize much more the complicity of the North and the presence of, first, slavery itself, and then the influences of slavery.GAZETTE: Like many institutions of its age, Harvard has a long and complicated history related to race and slavery. It made efforts to end discrimination against African-Americans earlier than many other universities, and a large number of its students died fighting in the Civil War. What part of the past did Harvard eventually get right, and how do you see the University projecting that into the future?FAUST: I think there have been very important voices here. We’ve had some extraordinary scholars of slavery. John Hope Franklin did his Ph.D. work at Harvard, W.E.B. Du Bois was here, so we’ve had a wonderful tradition of people contributing to understanding this past and to communicating about it to the larger American community. I think we should be really proud of that. But we’ve also had challenges throughout our history as well, and looking at the complexity of it, I think, is an important part of understanding our history as we move forward.I also think that part of feeling you belong in this community is feeling that its history is your history. So I see this as aligned with the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, which we launched earlier this year. To have a more inclusive history is part of having a more inclusive present.GAZETTE: The Harvard University Archives is mounting an exhibit to coincide with the Radcliffe conference. I understand you reviewed the material and even suggested additions to the exhibition. Can you tell me what you suggested, and why you think this exhibition is so important?FAUST: One of the things I suggested was the addition of materials and images related to Greenleaf, which now serves as the home for the dean of Radcliffe. When I was dean, I lived in Greenleaf for 6½ years. That house was built by a man named James Greenleaf who made his money in the cotton trade and spent half of every year in New Orleans and would bring his children and family — and as I understand it his cows — from Louisiana. The children wanted to have the same milk all year round, so presumably the cows grazed on that area that’s between the A.R.T. [American Repertory Theater] and Greenleaf. His wealth and his ability to build that house was made possible by his history as a merchant and by the labor of enslaved cotton workers.That was a piece of Harvard’s heritage and an example of how slavery, which was illegal in New England, in Massachusetts after 1783, nevertheless was very much a presence in the economy in Massachusetts and New England. Slavery in that sense was nationwide even though the ownership of slaves after the end of the 1820s was restricted to the Southern states.GAZETTE: What do you hope people will take away from the exhibition?FAUST: Harvard is very conscious of and concerned about its history, and when I give speeches I am frequently referring to something Charles William Eliot said, or something talked about in 1636. We are very aware of the importance of our traditions, but we’ve only partially understood them. We need a fuller rendition of what the history of Harvard is, and it includes things that we are not proud of, but it also includes things that we are proud of.We have to understand how those things fit together, the complexity of what builds an institution and how an institution evolves. One of the aspects of Harvard’s past with slavery includes debates over it: how people in this community both defended it and opposed it, how there were abolitionists as well as really active anti-abolitionists on our campus. How do we understand those things? And how can people like us reconcile that people we see as our forebears took positions that we today find unthinkable?GAZETTE: Last year you mentioned the appointment of a committee of Harvard historians to advise you on how to carry forward further research on the history of slavery and Harvard. Can you give us an update on the status of that committee and Harvard’s plans moving forward for how to shed more light on this period?FAUST: A number of the faculty have been advising and working on the conference happening later this week, so much of the early activity has been focused on that. But one thing I hope we will do is commemorate the history of slavery at Harvard in a very literal and physical sense, which that plaque represents. Slavery was a part of this institution and I would like to have other sites that were significant in that history that we memorialize. I’d like to draw attention to the fact that this history had a physical place on our campus.Then we will see what else comes out of the discussions this week. I am also going to fund a researcher to continue some of the work that students in Sven Beckert’s seminar began in 2007, and that the researchers have undertaken recently in the treasure hunt in the archives, someone who will be charged with recreating the history, discovering the history of slavery at Harvard.For more information about the Radcliffe conference, Universities and Slavery: Bound by History, visit its website. The conference, which has reached attendance capacity, will be webcast live, in its entirety, and videos will be available online after the conference.A recently unveiled Harvard website will focus on ongoing efforts to understand the history and legacy of slavery at the University.
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