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Askwith Forum Launch of the Born This Way Foundation

On February 29, the Harvard Graduate School of Education hosted the launch of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. Scroll down for the sights, sounds, tweets, and new stories from a historic day for the Ed School.


  1. To help frame the themes for the day, several faculty members--including Dean McCartney--wrote commentaries to appear in major publications on the day of the event.
  2. Prior to the Askwith Forum launch event, a number of related events were held on campus. The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a partner of the Born This Way Foundation, held an academic symposium to further the research agenda of the foundation. At the Ed School, more than 100 local high school students, along with community leaders including Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, participated in an anti-bullying summit. [Photo credits: (1) Rose Lincoln/Harvard staff photographer (2) Jill Anderson/HGSE]
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  4. The students were shocked when Lady Gaga herself dropped by to encourage them to continue their great work. (Photo credit: Jill Anderson/HGSE)
  5. Outside of Sanders Theatre, the Born to be Brave bus spread the message of the foundation. (Photo credit: Kris Snibbe/Harvard staff photographer)
  6. Outside the bus, passersby were asked to contribute their answers to the question: What is bravery to you? [Photo credits: (1 and 2) Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images (3) Rose Lincoln, Harvard staff photographer]
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  8. And throughout Harvard Square there were hints of Lady Gaga sightings.
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  10. Crowds of students and fans (and fans who are students) expressed their appreciation for Lady Gaga's efforts to empower youth.
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  12. Local businesses got into the act as well--offering Gaga and Oprah themed products. Here an employee at Sweet shows off their Born This Way Foundation cupcakes. (Photo credit: Rose Lincoln/Harvard staff photographer)
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