Presidential candidate and Black Panther minister of information Eldridge Cleaver is scheduled to lecture at Harvard on Monday under the auspices of the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics.
Cleaver--currently on trial in California for attempted murder--will lecture two new courses, Social Sciences 5 and Social Relations 148. The date is still tentative as Cleaver's trial may keep him on the West Coast.
When his talk does take place, it will be open to the entire University and required for the students in these courses.
Soc Rel 148, "Social Changes in America," is the first Harvard course to be organized and run entirely by undergraduates and graduate students, many of them members of Students for a Democratic Society. Five of the approximately 25 sectionmen scheduled to teach the course are undergraduates. All of them will be working for free, as Harvard reportedly offered to pay for only four teachers.
Grading will be left up to the individual sectionmen and their students. At yesterday's opening, Michael H. Schwartz, a teaching fellow in Social Relations and a course organizer, said that most section-men will refuse to do the grading themselves. He mentioned the possibility of utilizing a "nonsense" grading system. This would involve determining grades in some random manner, such as by lot, completely unrelated to the quality of course work.
Soc Rel 148 is an outgrowth of last year's "Radical Critiques of American Society" course. The new course will consider three of America's central social problems, imperialism, race and labor. Each section will select facets of the three problems to consider. A fourth topic will be an overview of theory.
Soc Sci 5
About 40 or 50 black students were among the more than 200 accepted to Soc Sci 5, "The Afro-American Experience." Frank B. Freidel Jr., professor of History, said yesterday that all the upperclassmen and some of the freshmen who applied were admitted. Cleaver's talk will be one of from ten to twelve required talks by outside lecturers during the year.
The course was organized largely by members of the Association of Afro-American Students following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King last spring.
A second student course, Social Relations 136, will start today to set up study groups-workshops on Harvard itself. An outgrowth of the Harvard Educational Project, the course is financed by a $5000 foundation grant. It too will leave grading and content largely up to the students.