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Harvard in fight over racist images

Swiss group aims to expose Agassiz

By Mary Carmichael
Globe Staff / June 27, 2012
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The 19th-century Swiss-born naturalist Louis Agassiz was a revered figure at Harvard University. He was also a racist who commissioned humiliating photographs of slaves and Brazilian natives. A Swiss group wants to display reproductions of the images in an exhibit on Agassiz’s racism, but the Harvard museum that keeps the images will not allow that. The museum says it has a blanket policy against allowing the display of exploitative nude images. The Swiss accuse Harvard of protecting its own.

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