Harvard rushes to aid Japan

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 13:30 in Mathematics & Economics

Members of the Harvard community filled Memorial Church on Monday night (March 21) for a candlelight vigil on behalf of the victims and refugees created by Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The vigil was part of Harvard for Japan Week, organized by the similarly named student group Harvard for Japan, the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, the Harvard Japan Society, and the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Other events included panel discussions, fundraising efforts, and benefit concerts. The week wraps up with benefit concerts by the Bach Society Orchestra on Friday (March 25) in Sanders Theatre, featuring renowned violin soloist and Harvard senior Ryu Goto, and a concert by the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association on Saturday (March 26). Within hours of seeing initial images of destruction in Japan following the March 11 earthquake, the Harvard community began responding. The effort expanded rapidly in the days afterward, as community members worked to raise money and...

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