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Richard J. Herrnstein, professor of Psychology, refused to deliver a scheduled speech yesterday at the University of Iowa because of a hostile crowd of about 400 students, according to the Daily Iowan.

Herrnstein, whose article on I.Q. in the September Atlantic Monthly has provoked bitter debate, had planned to speak on "Choice of Behavior and Vice-Versa," based on his experiments with pigeons.

An SDS rally preceded the canceled speech. SDS spokesmen charged Herrnstein with propagating racist theories on intelligence and unemployment. The rally then moved from the center of the campus to the Civic Research Center to confront Herrnstein.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. (CST), Rudolph W. Schulz, chairman of the University of Iowa's Psychology department, which had invited Herrnstein to Iowa City, announced that the Harvard professor would not appear because "he does not feel he is able to speak before this audience."

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