Lady Gaga at Harvard

By WGBH News & Wires

Feb. 29, 2012

lady gaga at harvard

Lady Gaga walks through the Harvard campus on her way to the launch. (Charles Krupa/AP)

BOSTON — Lady Gaga was joined by Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her mom at Harvard University on Wednesday for the launch of the singer's Born This Way Foundation.

LISTEN: Lady Gaga talks about social media.

In one part of the lengthy forum, Gaga told the crowd assembled at Harvard's Graduate School of Education that parental involvement in their children’s lives is essential.

“It’s okay to say ‘you can’t use that website’ or ‘you shouldn’t be on that program’ or ‘this kind of language is inappropriate’ or ‘stay away from' — educating your kids about social media today is as important as anything,” she said.

The singer sported a monochrome look: basic black with a wild headpiece and shoes.

The members of the Twitterverse who watched in person and online had largely positive reactions to the event, with many praising Gaga's message as "powerful" and "inspiring." (Also, they liked her mom.)

The Born This Way Foundation addresses self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development issues through research, education and advocacy. 

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