852 RARE: The Weekly Special – 50 Years Ago

852 RARE: The Weekly Special – 50 Years Ago

In honor of the commencement activities happening today and tomorrow, here’s a look back at one of our HLS Alums who is celebrating his 50th reunion – Myles Berkman.

From the 1961 Harvard University Commencement Program, p. 39

If you follow the field of law and technology, the Berkman name may sound familiar to you, and indeed, Myles is of the Berkman family that donated $5.4 million in 1998 to create the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Myles’ father, Jack (HLS ’29), and mother, Lillian, endowed the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professorship for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies (a position first held by Lawrence Lessig) along with the creation of the Berkman Center.  The Berkman family devoted their careers to communications in multiple forms – radio, television, cell phones.  The generous gift allowed Harvard Law School to continue studying new forms of communication via the internet.  Thirteen years after opening its doors, the Berkman Center is working on projects such as the Digital Public Library of America and Herdict.

If you’re interested in seeing who else graduated with Myles Berkman 50 years ago, you can visit the Historical & Special Collections Root Room to see the University Commencement Programs from 1849 on.

First page of the 1961 Commencement Program

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