ASSOCIATION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
A " Department of the National Education Association
Volume 13, Number 6
December 15, 1960
Meet the Professor
Harold Taylor, former president
of Sarah Lawrence College, will
moderate the new AHE TV series,
Meet the Professor.
The series of 13 Sunday afternoon programs about representative
American professors, scheduled to
begin on January 29, will be written
by Elliott Baker, Alvin Boretz, and
Robert Lewis Shayon.
Mr. Taylor, before his 14-year
tenure as Sarah Lawrence president,
was a professor at the University of
Wisconsin and the New School for
Social Research; research associate,
Office of Scientific Research and
Development; director American Labor Education Service; and chairman of the U. S. Commission on
Labor Scholarships in the United
The author of On Education
and Freedom and more than 200
articles in books and journals, Mr.
Taylor is known as one of the most
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STUDENT DEMONSTRATIONS ATTACKED
Operation Abolition, a film "account" of demonstrations involving
college students in San Francisco
last spring, is the storm center of
a growing controversy.
The film, often under official or
semiofficial sponsorship, is being
widely distributed and shown to government officials (running the gamut
from local police officers to high
federal officials); to corporation employees; to school, college, club, and
church groups; and to private organizations. It is claimed that the
film is "evidence" of a "classic Communist tactic," whereby college students become "dupes" or worse.
Controversy about the film, as
interpreted by the editorial staff of
CUB, seems to center on at least
two main points:
1. Charges are made in the film
that the demonstrations, which took
place at the time of hearings of the
House Committee on Un-American
Activities (HUAC), were Communist inspired and Communist led.
There is certainly no doubt that
there were many Bay Area students
in the crowds at the hearing.
The HUAC claim that the demonstration was "Communist led," however, has been sharply contradicted
by trusted newspaper reporters, and
by many faculty members and students in published letters, articles,
petitions, and newspaper ads.
Several people who were called
Communists by the narrator and by
Congressmen in the film had been
subpoenaed by the committee. The
film later shows two of these standing in the crowd outside the Hearing
Room participating in singing.
In a wholesale dismissal of "riot"
charges placed by police against
some of the students after the demonstrations, Judge Albert A. Axel-
rod of San Francisco said he was
convinced the students, rather than
spreading "subversive propaganda,"
wanted only "to exercise their prerogative of protesting what they believed to be an undemocratic hearing."
The students against whom riot
charges had been placed issued a
statement, saying in part: "Nobody
incited us, nobody misguided us. We
were led by our own convictions and
we still stand firmly by them."
2. Countercharges have been
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AHE SOLICITS CONFERENCE
Resolutions pertinent to higher
education are now being solicited
for possible consideration at the 16th
National Conference on Higher Education. AHE members are cordially invited to submit resolutions
to AHE headquarters between now
and the resolutions deadline on February 1.
"Goals for Higher Education in a
Decade of Decision" will be the
theme of this year's conference, to
be held at the Morrison Hotel in
Chicago, March 5-8. The conference is sponsored annually by the
Association for Higher Education
for the purpose of examining trends
and problems which affect higher
education as a whole.