Faculty Members Plan To Laud Administration
Five Officials Will Get Citations in Unique Ceremony, May 27
Members of the faculty will formally praise the University's "spirit, character, and courage" in dealing with recent challenges to Harvard's integrity in an unprecedented ceremony Thursday afternoon in the faculty room at University Hall, it was learned yesterday.
This expression of faculty appreciation for the University's stand in the issue of Academic Freedom was prompted by the Harvard Chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
An organization of over 150 Harvard professors, this group last week mailed approximately 1,100 formal invitations to faculty members, inviting them to the unique ceremony at which citations will be read to five Administration officials.
Following remarks by Samuel Eliot Morison, historian of the University. Archibald MacLeish will address these citations to Paul H. Buck as a representative for the previous Administration, Dean Erwin Griswold as a member of the Special Faculty Advisor Committee, Judge Charles Wyzanski for the Board of Overseers, Charles A. Coolidge for the Corporation, and President Pusey. Except for former provost Buck, all will be present.
Text of Invitation
Addressed to the Members of the Faculties of Harvard University, the invitation reads:
"You are invited to attend a brief ceremony in the faculty room at University Hall on Thursday, May 27, at 4:30 o'clock. This gathering is to express the Faculties' appreciation of the spirit, character, and courage of the Governors and Administrators of Harvard in dealing with many challenges to the integrity of the University and its Faculties over the recent years."
The idea for officially voicing such faculty support of the Administration came from the 14-man executive committee of the Harvard chapter, of the A.A.U.P.--a distinguished national organization of university professors which has drawn up canons of teaching and administrative ethics.
Thursday's ceremony, however, is basically an intra-faculty affair and not an expression of official A.A.U.P. policy.