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简介出国留学网英语听力栏目推荐英语材料：追溯哈佛历史。希望能对大家的英语听力练习有所帮助! 点击收听音频 Han Meimei has just immigrated to the United States. Her new home is in Cambridge, Massachuse...
Han Meimei has just immigrated to the United States. Her new home is in Cambridge, Massachusetts. John is her new classmate and friend. They are talking about their plans for the weekend.
J:John H: Han Meimei
J： Han Meimei, What’s your plan for the weekend?
H: I plan to travel around Harvard University and know more about it. To tell you the truth, I plan to apply for Harvard after graduation from high school. It’s better to get to know it. What about you?
J:I get together with my Christian brothers on Saturdays.
H: Oh, my God! John, I didn’t know you are religious. You just look like a scientific kook, like Leonard in the Big Bang Theory.
J： Come on, Han Meimei, don’t make a fuss. A lot of Americans, including many scientists, believe in religion.
H： But I’m really surprised. I thought science and religion are not compatible，are they?
J:Yes, they are compatible. Actually, the U.S. is both the most developed and the most religious country in the world.
H:I’ve heard about it a little bit before, but I don’t understand. How can people believe in God since they know God doesn’t exist?
J:That’s a little complicated?. You’ll get to know it when you are acquainted with the u.s. history later on. Religion was and is a part of American people’s life. Guess what?? Even Harvard University, which is a highly academic institution, is in a sense the product of religion.
J：这有点复杂。以后你熟悉美国历史后就会有所了解。不管以前还是现在，宗敎都 是美国人生活的一部分。知道吗?甚至是哈佛大学这个学术性很强的机构，从某 种意义上讲也是宗教的产物。
J:Absolutely! It was founded by a group of Puritan immigrants from England.
H:Why was it founded by Puritans? Where were the atheistic educators?
J:Because most of the first English immigrants who came to the United States were Puritans.
H:H:How come? I mean why most of them were religious people?
J:That’s because in the 16th and 17th century, there was a series of? religious reforms in England. Many religious separatists were persecuted and fled? to other countries.
H:So, you mean people didnt enjoy religious freedom in England?
er on, it was these Puritans who founded Harvard College.
H:Why did they want to found a college?
J:Many Puritans had received classic style of higher education in Oxford University and Cambridge University back in England. They hoped that their descendants? could receive this kind of education as well.
H: Oh, I see.
J： Actually Harvard was first named New College，without a formal namev
H: When did it begin to be called Harvard University?
J: In 1639, it was renamed after its major benefactor? John Harvard. Interestingly, John
Harvard himself was a clergyman?.
H： It seems that Harvard was predestined to? be influenced by religion.
J: Therefore, it’s not exaggerate to claim that had there not been religion, there would not
H: Wow, I didn’t know that religion had played such an important role in Harvard history.
J: Religion has been playing an Indispensible? part in Harvard history as well as the U.S.
H: I finally begin to get to know Harvard. It seems that my knowledge of Harvard is rather poor. I have a lot work to do before applying for Harvard.
J： Remember that Harvard is a part of the United States. So you have to know the U.S. history and culture if you want to have in-depth knowledge of Harvard. The two are closely related.
H; That’s right. I have a lot to learn from you.
J: You can ask me any question at any time.