News

Harvard Law School Makes Online Zero-L Course Free for All U.S. Law Schools Due to Coronavirus

News

For Kennedy School Fellows, Epstein-Linked Donors Present a Moral Dilemma

News

Tenants Grapple with High Rents and Local Turnover at Asana-Owned Properties

News

In April, Theft Surged as Cambridge Residents Stayed at Home

News

The History of Harvard's Commencement, Explained

Six Delegates from Two Hemispheres Review Literature, Changing Values

NO WRITER ATTRIBUTED

The International Seminar provided a near-capacity audience in Littauer Auditorium last night with glimpses into the four corners of the earth, this time exploring Burma, Ceylon, Italy, Sweden and Ireland.

The topics discussed at the Seminar's fifth Wednesday evening forum were "New Concepts and Old Values in Ceylon and Burma" and "The Literary Interlude."

"My country today is in the crucible," said the first Burmese speaker, Maung Nu, secretary of the Burma Research Board, explaining current social changes.

Pan Hla, senior cultural officer for the Burmese government, expressed the belief that Burma will not turn Communist because of Buddist influence.

The Ceylonese speaker, Samson Wijesinha, a lawyer, gave credit to Britain which "with one stroke of the pen turned discontented subjects into equals and friends" when it granted independence to Ceylon in 1948.

The first of three European speakers discussing "The Literary Interlude," Luciano Codignola, director of Cultural Affairs for the Olivetti Co., described Italy as "the first country to think of itself in terms of decadence."

Lars Ulvenstam, a Swedish essayist and journalist, saw a gradual increase of concern for culture in Swedish society.

The final speaker of the European group was Seamus O'Neill, professor at Dublin University, Ireland, who argued that modern poetry in Ireland has flourished even since the death of W.B. Yeats.

Want to keep up with breaking news? Subscribe to our email newsletter.

Tags