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The Committee on Research Policy of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will meet in University Hall's Faculty Room at 3 p.m. today to begin consideration of whether Harvard should ally itself officially with the Cambridge Project.
A demonstration against the Project will be held outside University Hall at noon.
Richard G. Leahy, assistant dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Research and Planning and secretary of the Committee, said the group will make no decision at tomorrow's meeting. It will probably appoint a subcommittee "to look at the Project in further detail," Leahy said. The subcommittee after an investigation that might include public hearings, would report back to the Conunittee.
"The Harvard professors and graduate students working with the Project would be in a consultant relationship to M.I.T. if Harvard did not endorse the Project," Leahy said. "But this is a controversial area and the controversy must be laid to rest before any endorsement," he added.
The Committee on Research Policy, which is chaired by Dean Ford, includes 17 professors. After the Committee's recommendation to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Faculty will vote on whether to recommend to the Corporation that Harvard endorse ?e Project.
Today's demonstration has been organized by the Harvard-Rad cliffe members of a local radical organization which calls itself the November Action Committee (NAC). The goal of this group, one member said yesterday, is to coordinate radical students at area colleges and high schools in militant action against the "imperialist nature" of the U.S. government and the universities.
The Cambridge Project, funded by the Defense Department, will attempt to use computers for basic research in social science methodologies. Some radicals have attacked the Project as an alleged aid to counter-revolutionary warfare.
Also joining the demonstration will be a contingent from the Harvard chapter of Worker-Student Alliance (WSA) SDS. Judith R. Kauffman 70, a member of the WSA Caucus, attacked he Project at a WSA-SDS meeting Wednesday and led a 14-man workshop dealing with the Project after the meeting.
"Cambridge is being transformed into one of the world's foremost counterinsur-gency centers," Miss Kauffman said at the workshop. "The Project won't involve abstract technology- it's designed for counter- revolution," she added.
A large percentage of the NAC are members of Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM) SDS, whose political philosophy is opposed to that of WSA-SDS.
The Coordinating Committee of the Project, consisting of six professors each from Harvard and M. I. T., is also meeting this afternoon. It is this Committee which will actually determine how Harvard's decision of whether or not to endorse the Project is to be reached.
"If it seems that accepting the Project will have a strong influence on University policy, we will suggest a meeting of the entire Faculty of Arts and Sciences," James L. McKenney, professor of Business Administration and a member of the Coordinating Committee, said yesterday.
"No one particularly enjoys the fact that the Project is being funded by the Defense Department," McKenney added, "but a million bucks is hard to come by."
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