Evelynn Hammonds, Ira Berlin wearing his Du Bois Medal, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Historian and Du Bois Medalist Ira Berlin dies at 77

June 6, 2018
Ira Berlin, a historian who sifted through millions of documents to revive the voices of ordinary African Americans from the struggle for emancipation, and who helped demonstrate that slavery was a complex, ever-evolving institution at the core of American history, died June 5 at a hospital in Washington. He was 77.

Announcing the 2018-2019 Fellows

June 8, 2018

Announcing the 2018-2019 Fellows

The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Announces its Sixth Class of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, welcomes twenty-three Fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year.

“We are happy to welcome yet another class of scholars and artists engaged in timely and exciting work,” says...

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The "Finding Your Roots" Curriculum Receives $659,000 in Grants; PBS Series Returns in Jan.

October 31, 2015

A new curriculum based on Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s popular PBS documentary series, Finding Your Roots, received two grants this week: one for $355,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to create Genetics and Genealogy Summer Camps for Middle School-Aged Youth; and one for $304,000 from the National Science Foundation to establish a college program, according to a news release.

Afro-Latin American Studies: An Introduction

Cambridge University Press to launch new book series on Afro-Latin American Studies

April 21, 2017

The Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University is pleased to announce the new book series Afro-Latin America, to be published by Cambridge University Press, edited by George Reid Andrews (University of Pittsburgh) and Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University).

Professor Bobo

Lawrence Bobo Elected Fellow of American Academy of Political and Social Science

November 29, 2016

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), one of the nation's oldest learned societies, will welcome five distinguished scholars as Fellows of the Academy in 2017. The AAPSS inducts a new cohort of Fellows each spring in recognition of their contributions to society through research and public service.

Harvard Yard

Boston Globe: "Harvard gets $2m to study race, inequality in Boston"

October 13, 2016

A center at Harvard University devoted to the study of people of African descent has received a $10 million donation from its namesake, financier Glenn Hutchins, to research poverty, inequality, and race among residents in Greater Boston's most impoverished neighborhoods.

David Adjaye

Architectural Digest: David Adjaye to Receive Harvard's W. E. B. Du Bois Medal

August 31, 2014

On Tuesday, September 30th, David Adjaye, principal of AD100 firm Adjaye Associates, will receive Harvard University's W. E. B. Du Bois Medal for outstanding work in the field of African and African American Studies. Fittingly, the medal, whose past recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and author Chinua Achebe, will be awarded in the university' Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the façade of which Adjaye designed.