The Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics on Friday withdrew its invitation for Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow.
So, what is a visiting fellow anyway? And who else has been picked for the appointment over the years?
The Institute of Politics runs what’s called the Visiting Fellows program, which each semester invites a select number of “prominent” political practitioners to the university to serve for a shorter period of time — often a week — than a resident fellowship, which lasts a full academic semester.
The institute says that the stays, while short, are “comprehensive,” and the compact schedule is more intense than a resident fellowship, typically involving three events a day and at least one 90-minute study group, which allow the fellows to share their experiences “in a meaningful way” with students.
Most events are held with students, while some are with faculty, and they typically offer off-the-record conversations with relatively small groups of students.
Visiting fellows are assigned undergraduate students to serve as guides and assistants, and have access to a small staff. They also get a private office with a computer and phone, and they receive a “modest” stipend.
“Each fellowship is individually tailored to the background of the visiting fellow, as well as his/her calendar availability,” the institute says on its website.
A Kennedy School spokesman said that according to its records, the first visiting fellow was Lovida H. Coleman Jr., in the spring of 1986.
Below is a full list of people who, according to the institute’s website, have been selected to serve as visiting fellows over the years.
|Name||Link to bio|
|Angus King Jr.||More|
|*Chelsea Manning (rescinded)||More|
|Christine Todd Whitman||More|
|*Cornell William Brooks||More|
|Gerald Stephen McGowan||More|
|*Joe Slade White||More|
|Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.||More|
|Lovida H. Coleman, Jr.||More|
|*Mary Katharine Ham||More|
|Michael J. Gerson||More|
|Michael K. Deaver||More|
|*Sylvester 'Sly' James, Jr.||More|