Thursday, December 23, 2021

the last book I ever read (Julie K. Brown's Perversion of Justice: The Jeffery Epstein Story, excerpt sixteen)

from Perversion of Justice: The Jeffery Epstein Story by Julie K. Brown:

Epstein’s relationship with Harvard began in the late 1990s, when he announced that he would give thirty million dollars to launch the Program in Evolutionary Dynamics; researchers in this field apply mathematical formulas to genetics in order to find cures for cancer and other diseases. The program’s director, Martin Nowak, was introduced to Epstein through Stephen M. Kosslyn, then chair of the university’s psychology department.

Kosslyn, who has since left the university, also designated Epstein as a visiting fellow in the Department of Psychology in 2005. The title normally awarded only to an independent researcher registered with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The university later found that Epstein was not qualified, either academically or by university policy, to be in the program.

Altogether, the university received $9.1 million from Epstein between 1998 and 2008, prior to his conviction on underage sex charges. But Epstein was still welcomed at the university following his 2006 arrest, which was prominently reported by its own student newspaper, the Crimson, in July of that same year. Still, Harvard continued to bend its policies to suit Epstein—and his money.

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