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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 5 (Feb. 1950)

Faculty,   pp. 13-15


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PUBLIC SERVICE
PHILO M. BUCK, Classics
HARRY F. HARLOW, Psychology
NORRIS F. HALL, Chemistry
LECTURERS ON THE ROAD: The University's Representatives
Talks Around the State
  SOMEWHERE down on Mad-
ison's West Washinglon Ave. an
association of Wisconsin newspapers
manages a news-clipping service for
clients interested in news about cer-
tain subjects. Every day the staff
girls clip a drawer full of items
about the University, items from
every paper in the state about nearly
every phase of campus and off-cam-
pus activity in which a University
professor, student, or other repre-
sentative is involved.
  Most of them are big stories orig-
inating from Madison, but a weekly
fistful are about University staff
people who have gone out to the
state on one or two-day missions to
talk to the Elks, the Ladies Aids, the
high schools, the alumni clubs, the
farmers, the city folk.
  Many of these University repre-
sentatives are independently solic-
ited by the interested groups' pro-
gram chairmen, some are selected
from a list of availables maintained
by the faculty lecture bureau, others
are sponsored by the University Ex-
tension Division, some by the athlet-
ic department, still others by the
College of Agriculture in connection
with their field days (see October
Wisconsin Alumnus).
  The list of individual appearances
runs into the hundreds. One list,
that of the Extension Division, this
year includes over five dozen lec-
tures by some of the campus' most
popular and authoritative profes-
sors. This Division is one of the
most active lecture bureaus; its
speakers have the widest appeal.
  These faculty members speak at
the University's 10 extension cen-
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ters around the state. The profes-
sors get paid for it. The University
finances the missions and no one has
to pay to attend the lectures. Every-
thing is in line of duty, first to ex-
tension students and faculty, second
to the public.
  The talks away from campus dif-
fer little from the lecturer's discus-
sion of the same subject in a campus
classroom, and   individually they
wouldn't be any more newsworthy
if it weren't for the fact that "'way
from Madison comes Prof. X just
to talk to us."
  In the 1949-50 schedule Wausau
citizens have already heard chemis-
try Prof. Norris F. Hall speak on
"Recent Developments in    Atomic
Energy." Philo M. Buck, emeritus
professor of comparative literature,
has familiarized Green Bay people
with "Some of the New Problems of
India." Prof. Harry Harlow     has
given his "Monkeys That Think"
lecture in psychology to audiences in
Manitowoc, Kenosha, Fond du Lac,
Sheboygan, and Racine. John Berge,
executive secretary of the Alumni
Association, has explained to Marin-
ette people the "Value of University
to the State."
  From October into April the series
continues. German Prof. Heinrich
Henel will speak in Racine Feb. 20
on "Goethe's Faust;" Lecturer Ho-
ward   Gill answers the question,
"What Shall We do with Our Crim-
inals"; Philosophy Prof. A. Camp-
bell Garnett discusses 'Conflicts of
Ideologies." And on it goes.
  Sometimes the Extension Division
lecture service is asked to conduct a
series of talks to a special interest
group. A series like that is in prog-
ress now at Sheboygan where the
city's Vocational School is conduct-
ing a course for municipal and
county welfare workers.
  Here, the school finances the pro-
gram while the Extension Division
arranges for speakers like Scandi-
navian Prof. Jorgen Dich, economics
Profs. E. E. Witte, W. A. Morton,
social work Prof. A. P. Miles, and
sociology Prof. M. B. Clinard.
"Hand in Hand"
  LIFE magazine, in a special mid-
century issue, recently paid tribute
to the University of Wisconsin and
its Wisconsin Idea of public service
as one of the outstanding American
developments of the past 50 years.
  "Nothing in this whole half cen-
tury stands out more strikingly than
the expansion of higher education,"
wrote Prof. Allan Nevins, Columbia,
of the 1900-50 era. "More and more
intellectual leadership came from a
new source-the universities. From
the West came the Wisconsin Idea of
a corps of University experts work-
ing hand in hand with government,"
he acknowledged.
  This University-Capitol relation-
ship also received comment earlier
when John Wyngaard, statehouse re-
porter for the Green Bay Gazette
and other papers, listed some ex-
amples:
  "Prof. M. G. Toepel of the Uni-
versity Extension Division, a spec-
ialist in rural local government,
was the chief engineer of the his-
toric school finance improvement
program of the last legislature. Col-
lege of Agriculture technicians are
frequently consulted nowadays on
farm and pure food legislation. Sev-
         WISCONSIN ALUMNUS


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