Sponsored by six members of the Faculty, among others, a nation-wide student movement for the maintenance of freedom of speech and opinion in American universities will hold a conference here on Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30.
Professors Arthur N. Holcombe, Francis O. Mathiessen, Gordon W. Allport, Kirtley Mather, and Perry G. E. Miller and Walter Houghton are some of the New England sponsors of the National Conference for Democracy in Education which has grown out of a plan initiated in the American Youth Congress at Washington a month ago.
Six leading delegates will represent student governments, college publications, American Student Union chapters, and associations of law, medicine, and social work. They will "consider their common problems and agree on a course of common action." Presiding over the conference will be Miss Anne Grant of Simmons College, and G. Robert Stange '41.
Four questions will be put before the assembly: Can free search after truth be continued during the present national emergency? Can the rights of free criticism, acess to any and every book, and student self-government to continued? Is educational opportunity to be extended to everyone, regardless of race, color, creed, or pocketbook? Can the campus be free from intolerance and bigotry?
Numerous Student Problems
These problems arise, an introductory pamphlet says, out of "budget cuts, dismissals of student press, banning of organizations, racial discrimination, distorted curricula, inequalities of opportunity for rural and negro youth, and the interruption of useful careers through conscription."
Procedure on the two days of the conference will probably include panel discussions and a general "Town Meeting" session on the first day, followed by speeches and the reports of the committees and panels on the second. Committee headquarters will be in Phillips Brooks House.