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A five man panel representing different segments of the Faculty and the student body sought approval of their accomplishments and support for their hopes from the graduates who packed the main dining room of the Harvard Club of Boston Tuesday morning at the first general session of the Associated Harvard Clubs.
President Conant made his first appearance at the Victory Meeting celebrations to introduce astronomer Harlow Shapley, speaking for the natural sciences. Professor Benjamin F. Wright, who has been guiding the crystallization of General Education plans, Thomas L. P. O'Donnell '47, representing student opinion, Professor I. A. Richards, who will help to develop the new educational philosophy in his humanities course next year, and Provost Paul H. Buck, a specialist in the social sciences.
Wright Outlines Gen Ed
Underling the value of education as a means of showing a man the relation of himself to his physical and cultural background, Professor Wright gave alumni a "battle front" account of the University's position and how it proposes to change over the present curriculum and degree requirements.
Registering two facets of student body concern with the state of learning in College, O'Donnell claimed that undergraduates generally had come to support the General Education plan along with the Administration's reasons for a temporary curtailment of the tutorial system, and reiterated his plea of the evening before for a student activities center as a war memorial.
The fact that the world's production of great "artists, writers, and thinkers in the last century" has not corresponded to its tripling in population led Professor Richards to urge concept of "United Studies," as being essential to future world health as "a truly united organization of nations."
Professor Shapley, on the contrary, put the accent on science as the potential saving force for the world, and asked for scientific institutions with international participation, and entered a plea for a great science center building to house all University research projects. Provost Buck pointd out the functions required of social scientists.
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