The New College of the Humanities, founded in London by the philosopher AC Grayling, is being bought by a US university, Northeastern.
In the college's Bloomsbury building, the pennants of both universities are flying side by side, and their two leaders are planning their joint future.
Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern, says: "It's not an acquisition, it's a marriage."
There's an element of politeness about this, because in a deal announced last month the Boston-based university is becoming the owner.
But it means the New College…