Harvard University has announced the establishment of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. The center was made possible by a $15 million gift from the Hutchins Family Foundation. Glenn Hutchins is the co-founder of the technology investment firm, Silver Lake. He holds three degrees from Harvard University.
The new center will include the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute and several other new entities including the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, the History Design Studio, and the Program for the Study of Race and Gender in Science and Medicine. Henry Louis Gates Jr., who has led the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for more than 20 years, was named the founding director of the Hutchins Center.
Professor Gates stated, “With this unprecedented gift, we secure our place as the pre-eminent site for research about the African diaspora in the academy. What we have built under the rubric of the Du Bois Institute will continue to grow through the Hutchins Center with even greater global reach, in a way that would have made the public-minded Dr. Du Bois proud.”