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Advance party of a large group which will be recruited throughout Europe next winter, seventeen specially selected foreign students are engaged in a new seminar and study program in the summer school designed to reach the "young and politically active" overseas.
Under the direction of Henry A. Kissinger '50, teaching fellow in Government, the purpose of the plan is to recruit young men and women who participate in politics, journalism, and the law making of their respective countries abroad, and not the academicians.
"There are many ways for the European student engaged in scholarship alone to study in America through the Fulbright scholarships, and other such methods," says Kissinger, "but this plan fills a void in opportunity for the Continental man of affairs to learn something about America."
For Policy Makers
Professor William Y. Elliott, director of the Summer School, has been instrumental in launching the program. Both he and its promoter, Kissinger, agree that it is most important that those active in policy making and decisions be acquainted with the thinking and life of this country, as well as the researchers cloistered in European universities.
A scholarly and yet lively magazine, Kissinger hopes, will come out of the program, with the first publication date set tentatively for sometime this fall. It will have many outlets overseas, particularly through the youth organizations through which the program plans to conduct a large part of its recruitment.
As prospected by Kissinger, each issue will pose a critical problem facing thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic. There will be a major European, and a major American contribution to the question, possibly taking opposite points of view, with reconciling comment by the editorial staff.
Topical books in the international field will also be reviewed, and if possible the book review will have some relevance to the area of major discussion.
The activities of those students taking part in the opening phase of the plan at the summer school center around a two-day weekly seminar conducted by Robert G. McCloskey, assistant professor of Government. On Mondays there is a guest speaker, whose remarks are integrated into an outline by McCloskey the following day.
At the end of the week the group plans to split up into halves for the production of two, and possibly three joint reports. As now scheduled there will be one group working in the area of history, taking as a theme the question: "Is Western Civilization in a state of decline, and if so, what can be done about it?"
The other section, confining itself to political questions, will produce a report on "the crisis of liberalism." These reports may provide springboards for discussions in Mr. Kissinger's overseas magazine.
In the month of July three successive seminars consider the role of art, philosophy, and science in American civilization, drawing liberally on members of the summer school faculty.
Summer School director Elliott is scheduled to give the opening and closing lecturers, beginning with "America in the Contemporary Crisis," and ending with "The Individual in the World Crisis." He will also take part in the discussion on July 15 concerning philosophy and the problem of democratic values.
The final three in August will bring judges, congressmen, and White House executives here to present the American political setting. Justices Felix Frankfurter of the Supreme Court, and Augustus Hand of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals have been invited, as has Senator Cabot Lodge, Jr. Judge Charles E. Wyzanski of this district's Federal bench has also expressed the hope that he can be present.
The seventeen students participating represent Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Sweden, and the Netherlands. In the future they will be selected by the Institute of International Education, foreign student associations, advisers in major European Universities, and the U. S. High Commission of Germany.
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