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Task Force Finds Harvard Visual Culture is Dominated by Portraiture of White Men

Task Force Finds Harvard Visual Culture is Dominated by Portraiture of White Men

“exclusion embedded in the current visual culture of these spaces perpetuates a too-narrow understanding of our institution’s past, present, and future.”

So a task force basically walked around Harvard and their big take away was that there are simply too many pictures of white men.

The College Fix reports:

Harvard, concerned over visuals that center ‘white men,’ plans racial justice redesign

The freshman dining hall and other high-traffic areas at Harvard University will likely get a redesign after a task force determined their “visual culture is dominated by homogenous portraiture of white men.”

The recommendation was made by the Task Force on Visual Culture and Signage, which claims in its report that the “exclusion embedded in the current visual culture of these spaces perpetuates a too-narrow understanding of our institution’s past, present, and future.”

That recommendation is among several listed within the group’s 23-page report, as quoted by both the Harvard Crimson and Harvard Magazine on Monday.

In addition to a faculty room and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student center in Lehman Hall, the freshman Annenberg Hall dining area was identified in the report as a popular campus area that needs visual changes.

“Of the 23 portraits on the walls of Annenberg, for example, none depict women and all but three are of white men,” the outlets reported.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences task force was formed in September 2020 “to advance racial justice in our community,” according to its official launch statement.

“This Task Force will take up the important conversation of how we foster a more inclusive visual culture across the FAS, connecting our past with the promise of our future,” according to the statement.

Of the 21 members listed on the task force, the majority are administrators.

“The task force solicited community input through a listening tour, a survey, a series of focus groups, and an email account to which people could send concerns and ideas,” Harvard Magazine reports.

“Task force members worked alongside other campus teams ‘grappling constructively with Harvard’s past,’ the report added, including the University’s Committee to Articulate Principles on Renaming and the Presidential Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery.”

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Wait until they discover that their math courses are dominated by homogeneous depictions of numerals and Greek letters, with absolutely zero representation of vegan recipes, socialist revolutionary figures, or characters from My Little Pony. Outrageous.

And none of the buildings are built with Soy products. The horror!

These guys made this school that you aspired to attend.

Now shut up and study.

Who else made the contributions to science, literature and culture that created Western civilization?

Saul Bellow wrote:
“Who is the Tolstoy of the Zulus? The Proust of the Papuans? I’d be glad to read him.”[51][52] Bellow distanced himself somewhat from these remarks, which he characterized as “off the cuff obviously and pedantic certainly.” He, however, stood by his criticism of multiculturalism, writing:

In any reasonably open society, the absurdity of a petty thought-police campaign provoked by the inane magnification of “discriminatory” remarks about the Papuans and the Zulus would be laughed at. To be serious in this fanatical style is a sort of Stalinism – the Stalinist seriousness and fidelity to the party line that senior citizens like me remember all too well.”

Are/were there ever diversity models who posed for pictures in the college brochures, and were seen to be attending several Us at the same time?

I’m sticking up for my Tribe! How many Norwegian-American men?
If there isn’t at least one, then everyone at Harvard is a racist!

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