Campus & Community

This month in Harvard history

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  • May 1638 – The College Yard expands as the Town of Cambridge grants the College a lot of land that today includes Harvard, Hollis, Stoughton, and Holworthy halls.
  • May 15, 1972 – At an open meeting, more than 200 students, faculty, and staff at the Medical School approve two resolutions criticizing U.S. escalation of bombing in Vietnam and the U.S. naval blockade of North Vietnam.
  • May 17, 1972 – President Derek Bok visits Washington with eight other university presidents to discuss the Vietnam War with congressional representatives and U.S. presidential adviser Henry Kissinger ’50, AM ’52, PhD ’54.
  • May 1976 – Before an overflow crowd in Sanders Theatre, Senior Professor John H. Finley Jr. – the legendary 72-year-old Eliot Professor of Greek Literature Emeritus – gives his final Harvard lecture in “Humanities 103: The Great Age of Athens.”
  • May 1976 – Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik visit Harvard for a day as guests of Cultural Survival, Inc. (founded in 1972 by Professors David Maybury-Lewis, Evon Z. Vogt, and Orlando Patterson to help endangered native cultures adapt to the modern world). In ceremonies at the Carpenter Center, the queen becomes Honorary Member and Patroness of the organization, in recognition of her “concern for the way of life of the small societies of this world and for her advocacy of that tolerance and mutual respect which is the foundation of peace and freedom for all mankind.” – From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower