Dean Ford, Handlin Agree To Debate Vietnam War
Dean Ford and Oscar Handling have agreed to debate the Vietnam war late next month.
The details of the CRIMSON-sponsored debate have not yet been officially worked out, but it will probably take place on the evening of March 27. A moderator has not yet been chosen, and the exact wording of the resolution is undetermined.
Ford who will take the dove position, has been quiet in public about his views on Vietnam. In an address last spring, however, he did call it a "bum war."
Handlin, Charles Warren Professor of American History, has been somewhat more outspoken. At a recent meeting of the Student-Faculty Advisory Council, he said "I don't think Hershey's memorandum is illegal or immoral, and I don't think the war in Vietnam is illegal or immoral."
Ford has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 1962. He teaches courses in French and German history and is the author of a well-known book, The Sword and the Robe.
Handlin, an expert on American social history, is the author of--among other words--The Uprooted. He is teaching a course this Spring on the development of the American city and taught a course on American economic history in the Fall.