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In an effort to "make people think a little" about their political stands, the Harvard-Radcliffe Conservative Club (HRCC) this year will act as a "forum for conservative opinion," presenting speakers, debates and a newspaper to the Harvard community, Chris S. Foreman '83, president of the club, said yesterday. Foreman said the group has the resources to accomplish these goals with "more members than ever" and the strong possibility of receiving a $10,000 grant to fund the newspaper.
Ilene B. Weininger '84, HRCC treasurer, said yesterday that while the philosophies of the group run the gamut from libertarianism to "New Right", the members share two basic principles--"a belief in individual responsibility and autonomy" and a "distrust of communism".
Foreman said the club's biggest project for the year is a newspaper, tentatively called the Harvard Salient. The paper will be funded by a $10,000 grant that the club expects to receive from the Institute for Educational Affairs, a Washington-based foundation which has financed the Dartmouth Review and other "scholarly work of a more conservative nature," Terry C. Quist, a graduate student and advisor to the Conservative Club, said yesterday.
In an attempt to "expose ourselves--and others--to what's going on", Foreman says, the Conservative Club plans to sponsor speakers with liberal viewpoints to debate conservatives on a variety of issues.
Foreman has also invited several prominent conservative writers and political figures to speak at Harvard, including Barbara Amiel, a leading Canadian journalist, John LeBoutillier '76, author of "Harvard Hates America," and a yet-to-be-named supply-side economist.
The HRCC is currently co-sponsoring cartoonist George Will's appearance at the Institute of Politics, and club members will meet with Will Thursday afternoon.
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