Ralph Nader – B.A ’55, Princeton University; LL.B ’58, Harvard law School – Washington, D.C.
Ralph Nader is a candidate for the Free Harvard/Fair Harvard slate, www.freeharvard.org. He favors transparency and fairness in admissions and ending undergraduate Harvard tuition.
“Even with restrictions on portions of its $38 billion endowment, Harvard is easily capable of ending net tuition revenue at the undergraduate level and setting an example for other well-endowed Universities.”
Life Magazine has called Ralph Nader one of the 100 most influential Americans in the Twentieth Century. As an advocate, author and organizer, he has been responsible for starting many enduring civic groups, including Public Citizen, Center for Study of Responsive Law, Center for Auto Safety and the student public interest groups in many states.
He has been instrumental in the passage of numerous health, safety, water pollution, air pollution and product safety laws and agencies, along with the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970 and the historic Freedom of Information Act of 1974.
He has written many books, starting with Unsafe at Any Speed and most recently Unstoppable: The Emerging Left/Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State and Seventeen Solutions. He has also sponsored and guided many recent college and law school graduates in writing their own books of consequence for future leadership roles.
Mr. Nader is especially interested in nourishing all specialized curricula with their historical contexts, and providing opportunities for students to learn civic skills by engaging in civic experiences that connect classrooms to communities.
Ron Unz – A.B. ’83 magna cum laude; MASt ’84, Cambridge University – Palo Alto, California
As a candidate of the Free Harvard/Fair Harvard slate (www.freeharvard.org), Ron Unz advocates elimination of undergraduate Harvard tuition and greater transparency and fairness in admissions.
“Its $38 BILLION endowment has transformed Harvard into one of the world’s largest hedge funds, with tax-exempt annual investment income twenty-five times greater than net college tuition revenue. Forcing families to pay tuition to a giant hedge fund is unconscionable.”
For over two decades, Unz has authored influential articles for publications across the ideological spectrum, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Commentary, and National Review, applying his physics-honed analytical skills to contentious public issues.
In 2012 his 30,000 word analysis alleging Ivy League admissions bias “The Myth of American Meritocracy” sparked an ongoing national debate, inspiring the current Free Harvard/Fair Harvard campaign.
In 2011 Unz suggested that a dramatic hike in the minimum wage to $12 per hour would produce numerous social and economic benefits. “My proposal was quickly taken up by several prominent advocates and after several years of united effort, brought into the political mainstream, becoming a centerpiece of Democratic Party policy,” he said.
Raised by a single mother in Los Angeles, Unz was a first-place winner in the Intel/Westinghouse Science Talent Search and during the 1980s co-founded Wall Street Analytics, Inc., a financial services software company. He served as publisher of The American Conservative from 2006 to 2013, and now publishes The Unz Review. In 1994 he received 34% of the vote in the Republican Primary for Governor of California.
Stephen Hsu – B.S. Caltech, Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Harvard Junior Fellow – East Lansing, Michigan
Hsu is Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Theoretical Physics at Michigan State University. He oversees roughly $600 million in annual research expenditures on a campus of 50,000 students and more than 2000 faculty members.
Previously, he was Founder and CEO of SafeWeb, a Silicon Valley information security startup acquired by Symantec, and held faculty positions in physics at Yale and the University of Oregon. His research areas include quantum field theory, cosmology, and computational genomics. He is a scientific advisor to BGI (formerly, the Beijing Genomics Institute).
He and his wife, literature professor Tzelan Sang, have two young children.
“As a scientist, university administrator, and technology entrepreneur, I believe I have unique insight into the challenges facing modern research universities. My father immigrated here in 1948 to pursue graduate studies, and I was blessed to have a wonderful midwestern upbringing in a small college town. Many teachers, professors, and mentors contributed to my growth and development. Therefore, I am obliged to contribute to the continued vitality of the US educational and scientific enterprise. Toward this goal, it would be my great honor to serve as a Harvard Overseer. Two of my objectives, which I hope you share: let us make Harvard more accessible to talented students of limited means, and let us ensure that Harvard admits the students who are most able to benefit from its gifts, and in return benefit the world.
Stuart Taylor, Jr. – J.D. ’77 magna cum laude, A.B., ’70, PrincetonUniversity – Washington, DC.
As a candidate of the Free Harvard/Fair Harvard slate, www.freeharvard.org, author and journalist Stuart Taylor, Jr. advocates transparency and fairness in admissions and ending undergraduate tuition.
“Promoting these critical goals at Harvard is especially exciting because of its leadership role. My recent work has explored the unnecessary secrecy and unfairness of the higher education admissions process, as well as the decline of ideological diversity on faculties. And free tuition will also make Harvard more fair.”
Often ranked among the nation’s leading legal journalists, Taylor writes frequently on the Supreme Court and a range of legal-political issues. He has taught law at Stanford and practices on occasion.
Now working on a freelance basis and serving as a Brookings Institution nonresident senior fellow, Taylor has written for The New York Times, from 1980-1988; American Lawyer Media, from 1989-1997; National Journal and Newsweek, from 1998-2010; and many other publications. He has been interviewed on all major broadcast networks and has won numerous journalism honors.
Taylor has coauthored two books, both critically acclaimed by thinkers of diverse political persuasions. In 2007, Taylor and KC Johnson wrote Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Fraud.
In 2012, Richard Sander and Taylor wrote Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It. They have also filed amicus briefs in related Supreme Court cases.
Now 67, Taylor is married to Sally Lamar Ellis. Their daughters are Sarah Taylor Bower and Molly Taylor.
Lee C. Cheng – S.B. ’93 magna cum laude, J.D. ’97, UC Berkeley School of Law – Orange County, California
“As the child of an immigrant librarian and bookkeeper, and public school product, I am a grateful beneficiary of Harvard’s financial aid program. I am on the Free Harvard Fair Harvard candidate slate (www.freeharvard.org) to make Harvard accessible to all qualified applicants, particularly those from working middle class families. At the same time, I support affirmative action, but oppose discrimination. I believe that the University can only become truly diverse, and truly inclusive, by becoming completely transparent about admissions criteria and practices. More transparency has always improved and increased access for the underprivileged.”
Lee Cheng is presently the Chief Legal Officer at Newegg.com, the largest online only electronics retailer in America.
Cheng has received numerous awards, including recognition as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel and a top 50 IP Pioneer and Trailblazer by the National Law Journal. He enjoys wiping out patent trolls.
Cheng is an active participant in many professional and community organizations like the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, where he founded the Prospective Partners Program to equitably increase diversity in the legal profession. He is the Chair of the Law Committee of the Consumer Technology Association.
After Harvard, Cheng served as a Board member of the Harvard Club of San Francisco, and has interviewed Harvard applicants in San Francisco and Southern California for over 20 years.
He is married and has 3 children—ages 10, 9 and 15 months. His children will all have to check the “Asian” box when they apply to college.