August 30, 2009

Harvard religions don has a cow

A Harvard professor said he will bring a cow to Harvard Yard in accordance with an almost 300-year-old university tradition, school officials said Sunday.

The Boston Globe reported Harvard religion don Harvey Cox, who holds the Hollis Research professor of divinity chair, endowed in 1721, also holds grazing rights at Harvard Yard for any cows he might possess. He intends to exercise those rights in a formal ceremony at Memorial Church across from Widener Library on Sept. 10, the newspaper reported.

I'm reclaiming a tradition that almost got lost, he said. Why can't we have cows grazing in Harvard Yard? People started saying to me, 'Why don't you do it?' I finally said to myself, 'I'm going to do it.'

The ceremony will focus on a cow from The Farm School in Athol, Mass. The cow's name is Pride, but because of her name's association with the seven deadly sins, she will be renamed Faith just for the occasion, the Globe said.

At the end of the ceremony, Faith is slated to be milked.