Monday, October 15, 2007

Drew Faust Assumes Harvard's Podium...

Harvard President Drew Faust's Oct. 12 inauguration speech is posted here. Pitter patter. Loved the bit that Broadsheet quotes, about how her presence in that position was unimaginable not so long ago, but I found this tidbit about the unimaginable particularly interesting, too:
Last week I was given a brown manila envelope that had been entrusted to the University Archives in 1951 by James B. Conant, Harvard’s 23rd president. He left instructions that it should be opened by the Harvard president at the outset of the next century “and not before.” I broke the seal on the mysterious package to find a remarkable letter from my predecessor. It was addressed to “My dear Sir.” Conant wrote with a sense of imminent danger. He feared an impending World War III that would make “the destruction of our cities including Cambridge quite possible.”...“We all wonder,” he continued, “how the free world is going to get through the next fifty years.”
And we wonder about the next fifty, starting from here. Not to get all fatalistic or anything. But, well, you know.

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