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That the work in dramatic instruction at Harvard, inaugurated 30 years ago by Professor George P. Baker, who has recently accepted a professorship at Yale, should be continued, was the opinion expressed by Owen Wister '80, well-known playwright and novelist, in a written report of the Committee on English, which was submitted to the Board of Overseers at their January meeting, the reports of which have just been published.
Following Mr. Wister's recommendation, the Board of Overseers voted that the President of the Board appoint at his convenience a committee to consider if and in what manner the foregoing recommendation of the Committee on English can be carried out.
Owen Wister's Report
The section of Mr. Wister's report dealing with instruction in dramatic art is as follows.
"It is the sense of the Committee that, in view of the importance and value to the community of instruction in dramatic art, and of the active and helpful part which Harvard men have taken in such work throughout the country, the question of uninterrupted continuation of instruction in this subject be submitted to the governing bodies for their early consideration."
The names of the members of the committee which is to consider this recommendation have not yet been announced, but it is understood that the University authorities have already begun a serious consideration of instructors eligible to succeed Professor Baker in his dramatic work at Harvard. Among those who have been mentioned for this post, it is reported, is Walter Prichard Eaton '00, a Harvard graduate, who has won fame as a dramatic critic.
Other business which was taken an at the meeting of the Overseers had to do with an increase in the number of scholarships for graduate students at Harvard. The Board passed the following vote:
"Resolved, that the number of University scholarships for graduate students be increased from 35 to 55 and that of these scholarships, one-half approximately shall ordinarily be assigned to Seniors of high standing in Harvard College, with due regard to geographical distribution. It is suggested that an addition of ten be made the first year, and of ten more the second year."
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