Education: Happy Birthday, Fair Harvard!

At 350, is it still No. 1 in academe?

It hardly seems the sort of thing that Harvard would do, but Harvard is surely doing it. Through four glittering days this week, the first and, by many estimates (including its own), still the finest institution of higher learning in America will revel through a 350th anniversary fete. There will be, expectably, a stately convocation and more than 100 symposiums on topics ranging from the U.S. Constitution to the structure of a Beethoven string quartet. But the overriding tone of the festivities is pure glitz, in which an illuminated gas-filled plastic rainbow will arch 600 feet across the Charles River from...

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