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This month in Harvard history

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  • Ca. January 1960 – Harvard announces plans to build a Center for the Study of World Religions near the Divinity School to replace a rented residence in Cambridge serving scholars of several religions. The new facility seeks to serve graduate students and visiting scholars from around the world and from various faith traditions by creating a setting that encourages day-to-day communication between practitioners of different religious traditions.
  • Jan. 15, 1960 – The postwar baby boom hits a year earlier than expected, by this date bringing 4,233 applications to the Harvard College Admissions Office for the Class of 1964. On Jan. 15, 1959, applications stood at 3,158.
  • January 1961 – Harvard announces a $5 million grant from the Old Dominion Foundation to create the interuniversity Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.
  • January 1961 – McGeorge Bundy, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 1953, resigns to join the Kennedy administration as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. For the indefinite future, President Nathan Marsh Pusey serves as FAS Dean.– From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower