Harvard University Portraits Very Revealing

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November 7, 2010; Source: Boston Globe | Harvard University’s portrait collection, spread all around its campus is—not surprisingly—almost entirely of white men. A full 690 of the 750 portraits in question are of white men and most of the rest are of white women, Radcliffe professors, benefactors’ family members, and presidents’ wives. Only two are of people of color. The school is now hanging a number of other portraits of its community who can diversify the image but will not displace any already hanging. Personally, I am anxious to see the results! How will they manage the look and public story of this project?—Ruth McCambridge