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Now that the November hours have arrived in their full strength and the visitor to lecture halls is in peril of finding even the pleasantest of courses infected with its unsavory interludes, the Vagabond will take the occasion to try to remedy one defect that is an inevitable accompaniment of a column acting as a guide to lectures. Dealing as it does with the smallest unit of the course--the lecture--it must treat it as self-supporting and must give it a definite title as an indicator to the prospective listener of what it is to be about. Two groups of lecturers are this of necessity excluded from mention; those whose lectures are of real value only if attended consecutively and those who cannot tell the titles of their lectures in advance. As representative of the point of view of this latter group, the Vagabond quotes from a letter in his files from one of the most distinguished professors at Harvard.
"--I have a number of topics which I discuss in my course, and I like to feel free to choose what course each lecture will take after I have started talking. It so frequently happens that a question, or even a look, will indicate that this is the proper moment for discussing some special topic."
To remedy this condition as much as possible the Vagabond will recommend from time to time courses which the casual student can attend at any time with a good chance of spending a profitable hour. At present there comes to his mind Professor Lake's course on the New Testament being given at 12 o'clock in Harvard 5 on Tuesday and Thursday, and that on American History since the Civil War under the auspices of Professor Channing in Emerson A at 11 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The other type of course, that in which more or less continuous attendance is necessary, will be discussed at another time. While on the subject, if any of the Vagabond's readers have suggestions to make concerning any course they think deserves attention, their suggestions will be welcomed.
Meanwhile, for today the following lectures should be of interest:
"Guild Socialism", Professor Elliot, Sever 5.
"Puritan Individualism", Professor Perry, Emerson A.
"Russia's Expansion in the XVII Century", Professor Karpovitch, Sever 25.
"Journalism and Education in America", Professor Murdock, Harvard 2.
"Continental Influences on Restoration Drama", Professor Murray, Harvard 3.
"Structure of Protoplasm", Professor Rand, Zoology Laboratory 46.
"The Idea of Original Genius in the XVIII Century", Professor Babbitt, Sever 11.
"Albrecht Durer" (continued) Professor Paull, New Fogg Museum.
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