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Proof of the success of last year's experimental broadcasts of lectures by members of the Faculty has been shown by the announcement of a continuation of the lectures through the winter. The significance of this announcement is among other things, the establishment of radio as a formal and regular part of the educational system at Harvard. The widespread appeal of these lectures as evidenced by the interest shown in them from all parts of the country. The lectures are not, however, limited to audiences in this country since the station broadcasting them is on an international hookup.

Extending the fruits of Harvard education beyond the bounds of Cambridge is in itself a big step. The adoption of radio becomes a means of making the university more the national institution President Conant has stressed in many of his public speeches. Equipped with some of the most outstanding men in the scholastic world, Harvard can do much to aid the spread of culture and learning to quarters which ordinarily are forced to seek elsewhere.

Carrying along the same lines are the lectures to be given by Bernard De Vote on American history and civilization. These lectures also serve to further President Conant's program to encourage study in this field. Both of these series of lectures are valuable assets to the university not only for their inherent value as cultural contributions, but for their significance in the scholastic world as an advance toward the spread of learning beyond academic confines.

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