An experiment in ending institutional corruption

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The Edmond J. Safra Research Lab marked the end of its five-year existence May 1 and 2 with “Ending Institutional Corruption,” conference celebrating the lab’s accomplishments and featuring presentations by scholars, researchers, and activists.

The women who questioned Wall Street: Sheila Bair, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Mary Schapiro on holding financial industries accountable

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After their warnings about excesses and corrupt practices on Wall Street went unheeded but proved accurate, former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, former SEC Chair Mary Schapiro, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, formerly a bankruptcy professor at Harvard Law School, set about trying to institute meaningful financial reforms from inside federal agencies and through politics.

‘Voices of Syria:’ Unique survey offers an inside look at a worn-torn country and its people

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Vera Mironova, a graduate research fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, was one of the lead authors of the “Voices of Syria” project, which covered topics such as current living situations, safety concerns, the future role of religion — among other key issues in Syria’s government. Mironova, a fifth-year year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, oversaw and coordinated the operation on the ground. Her goal: to capture the civil war in its most raw form.

Dying While Black and Brown: Hamilton Houston Institute hosts dance performance on incarceration and capital punishment (video)

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On March 6, Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice hosted Dying While Black and Brown, a dance performance focused on capital punishment and the disproportionate numbers of incarcerated people of color. The performance was first commissioned by the San Francisco Equal Justice Society as part of the society’s campaign to restore 14th Amendment protections for victims of discrimination, including those on death row.

Explaining ‘Capital:’ In HLS visit, economist Thomas Piketty discusses his landmark text (video)

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It’s been just a year since Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” turned the respected French economist from the University of Paris into an academic and publishing rock star. Piketty’s status showed little sign of fading during his March 6 visit to Harvard to speak about the book before an overflow crowd inside Austin Hall at Harvard Law School.

An opening for measles: anti-vaccination trend a growing concern

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The numbers paint a telling picture. In the United States of the 1950s there were between 3 million and 4 million annual cases of measles, a highly infectious virus that causes severe flu-like symptoms and a spreading red rash. Roughly 48,000 of those infected each year were hospitalized, and 400 to 500 died. By 2000, […]