In response to the SDS publication, Harvard, Urban Imperialist, the University formed a committee called the University and the City and began formally reporting on its role in Cambridge and Boston. The University and the City, published in 1969, seeks to address what the University sees as “urban issues” and “find solutions to urban distress and malaise, poverty, economic imbalance, racial inequality, and diseases of mind and body.” At the time, Harvard was facing protests from both faculty and students. “Among the issues in the Faculty of Arts and Science alone,” states the report, “Black Studies, faculty recruitment, the opening of faculty meetings to students, the future of the Graduate School, merger with Radcliffe, the ROTC programs, academic freedom in the classroom, the decision-making process of the Faculty itself, and ‘student power.'”
The report shows how each school’s (Business, the Kennedy School, School of Education, Arts and Sciences, etc.) curriculum contributes to urban development through volunteer efforts and research projects. It also explains how the University gives the community access to its resources through its museums and the use of some athletic facilities. A very different perspective emerges – one that doesn’t address the SDS’s concerns relating to property, expansion, rent, or class – but nevertheless shows the other side of the story.