Drew Faust, Harvard's President, who just saw eight billion dollars of Harvard's endowment vanish into thin New England winter air, is sticking to the arts initiative planned before the financial storm, reports the Boston Globe:
"Harvard University president Drew Faust's arts initiative, announced in December amid dismal budget projects, will become a reality after all - at least parts of it. Faust, who is trying to put the arts on the same academic footing as science and the humanities at Harvard, told students Friday that she plans to increase the number of visiting artists.
First up: Jazz great Wynton Marsalis and minimalist composer John Adams. Marsalis is expected to present a lecture series spanning two years. And Adams, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for his work commemorating the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, will teach composing courses over one semester. The timing still has to be worked out as to when the musicians will arrive, said Lori Gross, who was hired in July as the associate provost for arts and culture".