The Association of American Universities held its twentieth annual meeting Wednesday and Thursday as the guest of the University. The first general session was held in the Faculty Room of University Hall on Wednesday at 10 o'clock, the topic being "The Organization and International Relationships of Universities and Colleges." Ten or fifteen minute addresses were given by Dr. Arthur Everett Shipley, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge; President Arthur Twining Hadley, of Yale; Professor John Joly, of Trinity College, University of Dublin; and Sir Henry Miers, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester. This was followed by a general discussion of the subject, in which more than a dozen delegates took part. The session adjourned at one o'clock to allow the delegates time for luncheon as the guests of President and Mrs. Lowell at their home on Quincy street.
At the second session in the Faculty Room at two o'clock, the topic of "The Effect of War on Education" was considered. President Jacob Gould Schurman, of Cornell University expressed his belief in the need of compulsory military training in colleges and universities. He said that Cornell had had in its curriculum two years of compulsory military training for three hours a week, but that he now advocated a combination of military and physical training to be prescribed for four years, with five hours of work a week. He said that West Point could not supply the officers necessary for a possible future war, when we should have to go to arms immediately with no allied nations happily stemming the tide for ten or twelve months, and that the colleges would have to supply this need.
This spirit was repeated by Chancellor Shipley, who in the absence of Sir Henry Jones, of the University of Glasgow, again took the floor. He also dwelt on the value of the pure sciences, such as mathematics. To illustrate this he said that seven years ago he was on a commission to chart the currents at the bottom of the North Sea, an assignment apparently impractical. But in the war the British were able to place their mines, but ahead of the maps made by this commission, so that the mines drifted exactly where they were expected to. He spoke of the value of the classics, and said that although they were too much neglected now, the war would bring us to a fuller realization of the worth, not so much of the languages, as of the contents.
Dean James R. Angell, of the University of Chicago, was unavoidably detained, but his paper on the subject was read. It analyzed the necessity for the physical, social, and economic training of a nation. A general discussion followed, which was initiated by Donald J. Cowling, president of the Association of American Colleges. Several other speaker followed.
At five o'clock the delegates made an inspection of Widene3r Library. The women delegates ate dinner3 at 6.30 as the guests of Radcliffe College and the men at 7.30 at the Harvard Club as the guest of the University.
The two general discussions on Thursday were held at the Medical School. The topic considered in the morning was "The Future Place of the Humanities in Education." The principal speakers were Miss Caroline Spurgeon, professor in Bedford College, University of London; Dean Andrew F. West of Princeton; Dr. Edward Mewburn Walker, Of Queen's College Oxford; and professor Kirkby F. Smith, of Johns Hopkins University. Dean and Mrs. Edsall of the Medical School entertained the delegates at luncheon. The afternoon session met to consider "Problems Presented by the Student Army Training Corps, and the Future Military Training of Students." It was addressed by Brigadier-General Robert I Rees and President Richard C. Maclauirn of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
At eight o'clock the deans of the various university graduate schools met with the British Educational Mission at the Hotel Somerset. At the same time an informal smoker was held at the Harvard club.