Even with these powerful examples of the presence of people of color at Harvard and beyond, the show perpetuated exclusive class-based policies that, on a larger scale, continue to plague people of color in America.
Shulevitz wants to talk about the right to free speech––but a better conversation would be about our responsibility to treat safe spaces not as a shield or censor, but as an integral part of the classroom.
Universities have decided to let safe spaces be. While practical in the short term, this is not a sustainable solution.
it can’t be ignored that Harvard is still near or past parity in almost every category. This raises a more normative question: what are we aiming for? Is parity the goal, in which case we have almost all achieved it? Or, do we want to go beyond parity?
Harvard’s music department is an excellent resource for students interested in jazz, classical, and even electro-acoustical music. In addition, well-established a cappella groups and choirs provide ample opportunities for vocalists, but there is very little institutional support for musicians interested in pursuing less-traditional genres.
There are students among us who have to balance the dual desire of protecting one’s country and pursuing an education.
We should integrate the pre-professional groups on campus and bring both sexes together.