Rawson, Harvard Representative in American University Group, Tells Story of French Trip

Members Visited French Homes And Inspected Manufacturing Organizations

The following article was written for the CRIMSON by Robert H. Rawson '36, who was one of the representatives from American Universities spending two weeks in France as the guests of the French Government.

Last summer eleven of the leading universities and colleges in the U. S. (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Chicage, Stanford, California, Louisiana State, Delaware, Lafayette, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology) were invited by the French government to send representatives for a two weeks sojourn in Paris for the purpose of festering more cordial France - American relations.

Salled on Normandie

The members of the group gathered at Now York at the Institute Of International Relations and, after a memorable voyage on the new French liner Normandie, were greeted on the other side by members of the Societe des Aims de Puniversite of the University of Paris and by Dr. Donald Lowrie, director of the United States House in University City. It was through their generous hospitality that the group was made to feel at home, and through which it received a brief but realistic view of French life.

Absence of Propaganda


One of the things which impressed the whole group was the total absence of any propaganda of any sort, or of any attempt to show only the most favorable aspects of France. There was an absolute freedom and unrestraint of the type which should characterize any real effort at good will between the youth of two nations. Moreover, not only were the ancient glories of France displayed to the visitors but an intimate view was also given of the modern France. There was a visit to the Manufacture de Sevres where the famous porcelain wares are turned out; a tour of the Le Printemps, which is a leading department store; and an excursion to the Renault motor car factory.

(To Be Continued in the Next Issue)