The Worldly Study
Recent reports that the earth may be pear shaped are disquieting. The change in Terra's shape might be invoked as a reason for preparing for Judgement Day, stopping atom bomb tests, or continuing the study of geography at Harvard. As of now there are no plans to replace the visiting professor of geography, Henry C. Darby, when he leaves; the Administration claims among other reasons for this, the difficulty of finding men in the field who are up to the University's standards of scholarship.
The Administration should make every effort to find a qualified replacement. Geography is a valuable study; the factors of terrain are key determinants in social and political development of the world's peoples. A study of the appropriate geography would seem to be a necessity in the Regional Studies Program; suitable courses would also grace undergraduate programs. Whether flat, spheroid, or pear-shaped, the world could be studied with profit at Harvard.