According to the University Catalogue, courses meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays should be just as appealing as those meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays. They are not, though. For courses meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays must also meet on Saturdays, and there is something about a Saturday, especially in the fall, that makes any class scheduled for that morning remarkably unpopular. Some instructors have already recognized this academic fact of life, and have responded admirably by canceling some or all of their Saturday classes.
Others have not learned so fast. The CRIMSON, however, has always believed in the rationality of Harvard faculty members and offers the following suggestions for Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday courses, in firm trust that the instructors involved will refrain from holding classes on major football weekends.
Will Achilles ever catch up with that slow but steady tortoise? Some of the early Greeks said no, and Professor Havelock, lecturing in "Greek 170a" on "The Growth of the Greek Intellect from Thales to Plato," will explain how they reached this and other conclusions. Fraternity types should feel right at home in Sever 26, what with all the Greek Gods running around.
Germany and France will be at it once again, and all because there are no mountains between them, as Professor Whittlesey discusses "The Environmental Foundations of Political Society" in Geological Museum 43 this term. "Geography 117" will also take a peek at the world's geographical future, and will undoubtedly conclude that there's just nothing to be done about straightening out Europe's boundaries.
Trade union and management, long accustomed to facing each other over the picks line and the collective bargains in the classroom in Professor during 181a." Conducted in Harvard 5, the course includes a history of trade unionism and a consideration of the factors that might lead to a guaranteed annual wage or, in other circumstances, to a raise of seven and one-half cents an hour.
Take the doctrines of Confucianism, add a mattering of materialistic ideas derived from the West, and you'll have something of the "Chinese Humanism" that Associate Professor Ware presents in his "Chinese 10." Besides featuring an interesting subject and an impressively exotic name, this course, which meets in Boylston 22, is also very easy.
Back-slapping Communists, factory-building Germans, threatening Chinese; "Government 185" tries to fathom these current puzzles of United States foreign policy by viewing them in the light of our experiences since the first world war. Professor Bundy leads the investigation of "The United States in World Politics,' 'which meets in Sever 11.
Protestantism will step out of the pulpit and into the street this fall, giving students in "Humanities 127" the chance to see how modern religion relates to various forms of secular culture. University Professor Tillich will give "Religron and Culture," his first course at the College, in Semitic Museum 1.
The government and politics of France, shaky and splintered as they are, should come under illuminating analysis this term in Sever 6. Andre Siegfried, University of Paris professor, author, and member of the Academic Francaise, will discuss the politics of the Third and Fourth Republics right up through Messrs. Mendes-France and Faure, and will criticize whatever weaknesses he finds in the French system. The name of this course, which was accidentally left out of the Catalogue, is "Government 214."
Modern painters, mostly French and mostly at least eccentric, will once more parade in dazzling array across the Fogg Large Lecture Room this fall, as Professor Deknatel tackles "Fine Arts 170." Cezanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, and Klee head the cast.
We would like to correct an erroneous impression 'given by the "Confidential Guide" about a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday course. Contrary to the information given in the "Guide," we strongly suggest that freshmen not postpone "Philosophy 1" until their sophomore year. For those who have the vaguest notion of concentrating in Philosophy, "Philosophy 1" in the freshman year is almost essential, since philosophy majors need its background for the more advanced courses. It has also proved valuable background for several of the Humanities and English courses. As the "Guide" points out, students have always enjoyed Professor Demos and his interesting presentation.