Otis T. Wingo, Jr., executive secretary of the National Institution of Public Affairs, will discuss "Youth in Politics: A Gamble or a Career?" tonight at 7.45 o'clock in the Lowell House Common Room. Speaking under the auspices of the Liberal Club, he will outline the Institution's plans for sending college students to Washington for two months study.
Last January, at the request of Chester H. McCall, 28-year old assistant to Secretary of Commerce Daniel Roper, Wingo gave up his job in a Washington bank to put into affect a plan for a "laboratory of leadership in public affairs," by which college men and women from all over the country would be picked each year to study Washington affairs at first hand.
McCall and Wingo Combine
The plan, now embodied in the National Institution of Public Affairs, was first worked out after McCall and Wingo observed and pondered the contrast between the efficiency with which business draws ability to its service and the haphazard way in which most public servants are recruited. The idea, however, is not a new one, for included in the last will and testament of George Washington is the wish for a national institution at Washington to afford to young people a training in the social sciences, particularly government and politics.
Make Selections Soon
The Institution will soon select the lucky students, both women and men, to attend the Washington school during February and March, 1935.