Education: Fertilization

When Harvard's President James Bryant Conant first broached his idea of establishing "roving professorships'' whose holders could cut across rigid departmental divisions and fertilize the whole university, he told his friends that he was thinking of no imaginary scholar but of Harvard's own restlessly roving William James (art-to-medicine-to-psychology-to-philosophy). A year ago Harvardman Thomas William Lament responded with a $500,000 endowment for a roving professorship, and President Conant last year indicated that he would finance a few more from the $5,500,000 Harvard received at its Tercentenary. Appointed last week was the first roving professor,...

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