.For a long time, Moravian has declared itself
the sixth-oldest college in the United States. Actually,
it may be fifth.
But don’t get your hopes up. There’s
not a thing to be done about
It seems that an institution in Philadelphia,
namely the University of Pennsylvania, has occupied fifth
place by virtue of its
founding in 1740. But ha! Right on
the Penn website, it notes that Mr. Benjamin Franklin gathered a group of
like-minded persons to propose a state-supported college
in 1749. And it opened its doors in 1751, as an academy.
But the way colleges establish their age
often has to do with their initial existence as an academy
a divinity school (Harvard), or an institution
with an entirely different name (King William’s School in Annapolis,
Maryland, became St. John’s College).
Penn is credited with a 1740
founding because “planning began” for
it in that year. So Penn outranks Moravian.
On another historical matter, the editor
of InCommon went to see La Juive (The Jewess)
at the Metropolitan Opera in December. Fromenthal
Halévy’s opera begins at the Council
of Constance (Konstanz) in Germany with a jolly chorus praising the Holy
Roman Emperor Sigismund’s victory over Jan
Hus and the Hussites. Hmm, thought the editor,
who may have been the only person in the audience
about both the Hussites and Judaism. An offshoot of the Hussites, the Unitas
Fratrem, became the Moravians.
The Hussites were a small, peaceable peasant
sect. Any army with flyswatters could have beaten
As for Hus, Sigismund gave him a safe-conduct
to attend the Council of Constance (1414-20), one
of many such meetings called to reform the Roman
Church in the 13th through the 16th centuries. When he got there, Hus
arrested (so much for the safe-conduct), charged with heresy, and sentenced
he had a “fair trial,” with three public opportunities
to refute his accusers. He was burned at the stake on July 6, 1415.
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