Among the visiting professors who will lecture here during the year 1936-37 are representatives from the United States, France, England, Germany, Canada, Russia and Sweden.
From England will come the Reverend Canon James S. Bezzant of Liverpool Cathedral, who will be William Belden Noble Lecture at the Harvard Divinity School.
Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, speaker at the recent Tercentenary Conference, professor of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, and British Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine, will remain for a few months as Edward K. Dunham Lecturer at the Medical School, where he will deliver a series of public lectures this fall.
In the realm of ancient cultures, the Harvard staff will be assisted by one of England's most brilliant Greek scholars. Dr. Cecil M. Bowra, Senior Tutor since 1933 of Wadham College, Oxford, will give courses in Homer's "Odyssey" and in "Greek Lyric Poetry of the Fifth Century." At the age of 19, Dr. Bowra fought in France with the Royal Field Artillery. Upon graduating from New College, Oxford, in 1920, he specialized in the study of Classical Greek Poetry, and has published several works, including "Tradition and Design in the Iliad," 1930; "Ancient Greek Poetry," 1933; "Greek Lyric Poetry," 1935; and in 1930 he was co-editor of the Oxford Book of Greek Verse.
Albert John Farmer, professor of English and American Literature at the University of Bordeaux, will come as exchange professor from France for the first half year. His courses will be on "The Modern English Novel" and "The Elizabethan Dramatists." An Englishman, Dr. Farmer graduated from the University of Manchester, and subsequently moved to France. His publications have concerned English Literature in the late 19th Century, particularly the works of Walter Pater, essayist and critic.
Sprague to France
In return for Professor Farmer, Harvard will send to France Oliver M. W. Sprague, professor of Banking and Finance at the Harvard Business School. He will leave in February.
Another Tercentenary speaker, who will lecture for the first half year, is Etienne Gilson, prominent Catholic thinker and medievalist, professor of Philosophy at the College de France in Paris, and Director of the Institute of Medieval Studies at Toronto. This will be his second term at Harvard, having taught here from 1926 to 1929. This year he will give a series of public lectures on "The Unity of Philosophical Experience." In addition he will hold a student seminar on the 17th Century French Philosophers Descartes and Malebranche.
Temporarily joining Harvard's social scientists this year will be three full professors, two from America and one from Russia. From Russia, where he was formerly professor of Law in the Economics Faculty of the Polytechnicum, St. Petersburg, comes Nikolai S. Timasheff, leading European criminologist. At Harvard he will instruct Sociology students in the social bases of legal phenomena, in "Modern European Social Reforms," and in "Individualized Treatment of Crime and Criminals."
Another visiting sociologist will be Dr. William I. Thomas, professor at the University of Chicago 1910-18, and more recently Lecturer at the New School for Social Research. At 76 years, one of the world's leading authorities on group habit systems, Professor Thomas will give a course examining the fundamental differences between various races, nationalities, and classes; and will assist in conducting graduate seminars in sociological theory, social dynamics, and the development of cultural traits.