Harvard to honor 6 with Du Bois Medal
CAMBRIDGE -- Harvard University says a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and the first Latina to serve in the Supreme Court are among six people set to receive its highest honor in the field of African and African-American studies.
Those receiving Harvard’s W. E. B. Du Bois Medal include Valerie Jarrett -- one of Obama’s senior advisers and a close family friend -- and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Others are New York-based playwright Tony Kushner, Georgia’s civil rights activist and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, film director Steven Spielberg and National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern.
They will be honored during a ceremony scheduled for Oct. 2.
The Ivy League school has awarded the medal beginning in 2000 to people whose work has bolstered the field of African and African-American studies.
Harvard launches $6.5B capital drive
BOSTON -- Harvard University has launched a $6.5 billion capital campaign that, if successful, would be the largest fundraising effort in the history of higher education.
The school says the broad campaign would help renovate undergraduate dorms, fund new research on providing low-cost energy to the developing world and expand Harvard’s school of engineering, among numerous other aims.
Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust says the campaign will help the school meet the world’s increasingly complex and pressing needs.
The campaign quietly began two years before Saturday’s public launch. Harvard says it has already raised $2.8 billion in gifts and pledges.
The school aims to reach its $6.5 billion goal by 2018. If it does, the campaign would surpass a five-year, $6.2 billion campaign by Stanford University that ended last year.
Crosses to be removed
from nightclub fire site
WEST WARWICK -- Crosses and other items are being removed at the site of a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people, as the group working to build a permanent memorial clears the land so work can begin.
The items will be placed into a vault and become part of the permanent memorial, estimated to be completed next year.
The site closed to the public Wednesday.
The foundation hopes to raise more than $1 million to build the memorial and maintain it.
The fire was started by pyrotechnics for the band Great White. The victims included people from Connecticut and Massachusetts.
-- Associated Press