Mr. Henry Clay, well known publicist and economist, will speak in the Living Room of the Union at 8 o'clock this Friday evening. The subject of the address is announced as "The Present Industrial Situation in England."
After graduating from University College, Oxford, Mr. Clay taught for a time at the University of Leeds, and then entered the Workers' Educational Association, conducting classes in Yorkshire and Lancaster. He has been active in this work ever since, and has been on the inner councils of the Association for the past few years. He later became a Fellow of New College, Oxford, teaching in various economic courses at that University. He is now the labor correspondent for the London Observer and one of the London correspondents for the New York Evening Post.
Mr. Clay is in the United States in accordance with an arrangement made a short time ago between the Master of Balliol College, Oxford, and the President of Amherst, to send some of the best English economist to this country. Ernest Barker, of King's College, Oxford, was here late last year, and Mr. R. H. Tawney of Balliol earlier this year. Mr. Clay will return to England about midsummer.
To Talk From Economic Standpoint
In his talk on England's industrial situation it is expected that Mr. Clay will deal with the question primarily from the economic standpoint, regardless of all political considerations that may be entangled in the controversy. He will consider particularly the present situation in regard to the coal mines, concerning which he has made an exhaustive investigation. It is probable that he will also touch on the character and scope of the Workers' Educational Association.
The object of this organization, in which Mr. Clay has been most active, is: "To stimulate and satisfy the demands of working men and women for education, and generally to assist the development of a national system of education which shall insure to all children, adolescents, and audits such education as in essential for their complete development as individuals and citizens."
The work of the Association is carried on in two divisions. Under the first falls the organization of university tutorial classes, each in charge of a member of the staff of some large university, and each composed of not more than thirty members, all pledged to attend for three consecutive years. The course of study includes required reading and essay work, which all the students pledge themselves to perform. Under the second group several one year classes of a hundred members each, and many study circles are conducted. In not a few cases the work of instruction in carried on by former attendants at the carried on by former attendants at the carried on by former attendants at the carried on by former attendants at the tutorial classes. A large number of public lectures, conferences, and weekend schools are also arranged for. A movement to form a similar organization in this country was started about the first of last month.
Before the address a dinner will be given for Mr. Clay in the Quiet Room under the auspices of the Governing Board of the Union. Among those invited are Professor Zachariach Chaffee, Professor Roy K. Hack, Professor manley O' Hudson '10, Professor Lindsay Rogers of the University of Virginia and visiting lecturer at the University in the Department of History, Government, and Economics, and Mr. Archibald MacLcish '19L.
On Saturday afternoon Mr. Clay will be entertained at luncheon by the Signet Society, and in the evening Professor Taussig will give a dinner in his honor