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A meeting of the Board of Overseers was held yesterday morning. Several new appointments were made in the corps of instructors for next year. One of the most important additions which has been made for some time is a course in Russian. For some years past the need for such a course has been felt. Twelve years ago it was decided to teach Russian, and the instructor was secured; but at the last moment the project fell through. With the lectures lately given by Prince Wolkonsky new interest was aroused, which has now taken this definite form.
As instructor in Russian, Leo Wiener, lately assistant professor in the University of Minnesta, has been secured. Born in Poland, and graduated at a Polish university, he is especially well fitted for the position. Besides being a scholar of wide attainments, he is particularly well versed in the slavic languages.
Arrangements have been made for conducting the course for five years, during which time it is hoped and expected that sufficient interest will have been aroused to warrant its continuance. For the first year the course is to comprise the teaching of Russian grammar and reading. Then, if enough men would like to take a course in Servian, arrangements to that end will be made.
The other appointments and reappointments are as follows: G. A. Gordon, D. D., lecturer on the immortality of man for 1896; Asaph Hall, Ph. D., lecturer on celestial mechanics for 1896-97; F. C. Huntington, A. M., L.L.B., lecturer on pleading and practice under the New York code of civil procedure until Sept. 1, 1896; J. G. Jack, lecturer at the Arnold Arboretum for 1896-97; Professor E. B. Delabarre, director of the psychological laboratory for 1896-97; George Rublee, A. B. LL.B., instructor in contracts until Sept 1, 1896; John Cummings, Ph. D., instructor in political economy for 1896-97; M. W. Mather, Ph. D., instructor in Latin for 1896-97; C. M. Bakewell, A. M., instructor in philosophy for 1896-97; J. E. Lough, A. M., instructor in experimental psychology for 1896-97; H. R. Meyer, A. M., instructor in political economy for 1896-97; C. A. Duniway, A. M., instructor in history for 1896-97; C. E. Ozanne, A. M., instructor in history for 1896-97; Charles Palache, Ph. D., instructor in mineralogy for 1896-97; R. J. Forsythe, A. B., instructor in metallurgy and metallurgical chemistry for 1896-97; G. W. Botsford, Ph. D., instructor in Greek and Roman history for 1896-97; G. A. Reisner, Ph. D., instructor in Semitic languages for 1896-'97.
F. L. Kennedy, A. B., and A. M. Lythgoe, A. B., were appointed proctors to Sept. 1, 1896.
There is a probability that Doctor B. L. Robinson, formerly instructor in German in the University, will be appointed to an instructorship in the Celtic languages next year.
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