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In cooperation with the Chicago Committee on the Tercentenary of the publication of the King James Bible, the University hosted a Haskell Hall exhibition of Biblical editions and manuscripts. New Testament manuscripts in Greek and Latin from the fifth, sixth, eleventh, and fifteenth centuries were displayed along with photographic facsimiles of the principle Greek and Hebrew biblical codices, early printed editions of the Old Testament in Hebrew, and editions of the Bible in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, and other languages. The centerpiece was a second edition of the King James version, printed in 1611. More than 1,500 people visited the exhibition during its two-week run.

As part of an experiment to provide two years of liberal-arts education to young men before they undertook military service, the University of Chicago-along with Columbia, Yale, and the University of Wisconsin-admitted a cohort of adolescents under the age of 16 and a half. "The quality of our national life, and the personal resources and competence of our young men, will be impaired if college education is wholly postponed until after the period of military service," said Dean of the College F. Champion Ward of the program, funded by the Ford Foundation, which gave scholarships to the participating students. The 50 students at Chicago spent the two years working on general courses.

The statue of 18th-century botanist Carl von Linne-better known as Linnaeus-that had stood in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood since 1891 was moved to just south of Harper Library and rededicated by Carl XVI Gustav, the King of Sweden. When Chicago's Swedish community had urged the city to move the statue to a site where groups could gather for traditional celebrations, then-University President John T. Wilson suggested that Linnaeus be moved to the Midway, where it joined Lorado Taft's Fountain of Time and the statue honoring Thomas G. Masaryk, former faculty member and the first president of Czechoslovakia.

Katie Nash was appointed dean of students in the College. Nash, who joined the University in 1975 as assistant dean of College admissions, became assistant dean of students in the College four years later and associate dean in 1982.

Also in the Magazine's June issue: The University announced that a new undergraduate dorm would be named for the late English professor Norman Maclean, PhD'40. Maclean House, formerly a retirement home at 54th and Ingelside, would open in fall 1991 with 100 single rooms.-Q.J.

 JUNE 2001

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