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The Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 46, Number 3 (Dec. 15, 1944)

Badger book shelf,   p. 6

Page 6

ot the council will be to studyV treauencv
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sin Society of CPAs; Edmund B. Shea, '13,
president of the Wisconsin Bar associa-
tion, and Dean Fay Elwell, School of
Commerce head.
  Elwell was presented with an honorary
membership in the Wisconsin Society of
CPAs, and was recipient of a. number of
telegrams and letters of congratulation0
from  commerce graduates and leaders in
the field of commerce.
ation cnanneis.
ommittees, one
H~olt as chair-
planning, with
Health Education
w for a future
o take a minor
:ion. The com-
up for several
arranged now.
he state by the
.rren H. South-
associate pro-
4e will prob-
on as director
aim for about
will become a,
eaching health
ISomething new     in the services of the
university to people throughout the state
was begun last month when. representa-
tives of the university and various state
agencies met together at the suggestion of
the Board of Regents and formulated the
first state radio council.
   Called to order by Pres. Dykstra, the
council formulated its statement of pur-
poses at this first meeting. These purposes
the use of frequency modulation for the
benefit of the people of the state.
  4. To recommend appropriations neces-
sary for maintaining adequate program
  Members of the council include Gov.
Walter E. Goodland, honorary chairman;
President Dykstra; Harold B. McCarty, di-
rector of WHA and executive secretary of
the council; Frank 0. Holt, director of
the department of public .service;
  H. L. Ewbank, chairman of the univer-
sity radio committee; E. G. Doudna, sec-
retary of the state board of normal school
regents; John Callahan, state superinten-
dent of education; C. L. Greiber, director
of state vocational education; M. H. But-
ton, director of the state department of
agriculture; L. H. Adolphson, associate di-
rector of the Extension Division; C. J.
Anderson, dean of the School of Education;
and Warren W. Clark, associate director
of agricultural extension."
the School of
a state wide
tion. Dr. Flo-
men's physical
start a course
Len in the near
physician will
)hysical educa-
he same thing
)f Public Wel-
who suggested
h a school of
egents decided
ance an addi-
board which
  courses now
training which
commended an
over ,the estab-
ders and lead-
ed in the farm
tate, spent two
tending a con-
ms which was
sponsored by the extension service or the
College of Agriculture.
  Warren Clark was chairman of the con-
ference arrangements, and the programs
were presented by committees appointed
by Dean E. B. Fred. Committee reports on
rural problems were followed by discussion.
REBEL. By Russel B. Nye, MA '35, Ph.D.
'40. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1944.
    What makes a Graduate s c h o o l
  great? One answer, I suppose, is its
  ability to meet the competition of
  other schools. Beyond the mature con-
  tributions of its own faculty, its great-
  ness must be proved -by its ability to
  attract, students who ran, under its
   authorities of national standing. We
   have long been confident of our science
   departments, but can our departments
   of the humanities meet such a test?
   Here is some heartening evidence.
   Russel Nye's Bancroft, based on a UW
 dissertation, won him the much-coveted Al-
 fred A. Knopf prize of $1200 in the face
 of national competition, an assistant profes-
 sorship at Michigan State college, a Rocke-
 feller Fellowship, and national acclaim among
 outstanding critics. Among eminent histo-
 rians, Henry S. Commager reviewed the
 Bancroft as "the definitive biography"; Allan
 A. Nevins, director- of the NBC's "Caval-
 cade of America," concludes (in The Satftr-
 day Review) that Mr. Nye "thoroughly ~and
 succinctly explores every part of Bancroft's
 ac tivities'rand competently surveys his vmer-
 ous achievements"; Odell Shepard.- winner
 of a Pulitzer Prize for Biography, concludes
 in The Nadtio  that it is "a sound and re-
 freshing book about one of th -e chief -mould-
 ers of, the., prevailing American mit'nd and
-iiioodV'; -lEdmund Wilson's~ section of Theý
New 'Yorker alert for human interest, found
Mr. Nye'sdbook "aso-good a life xen as we
are likely to have," while Time magazine in
its two-,column review, finds nothing 'to-cen-
sure and praises wthe book as "erudite, close-
packe , readable., The Dean of the Har-
vard Graduate school,, Howard Mumford
ones, UW '14, eminent authority on Bacn-
crofrtas period, devoted a  full page of The
New York Times Book Review to showing
that the book is "a solid historical con-
   While I agree heartily with these verdicts,
 what impressed me most in the book is its
 balance, the way in which Mr. Nye has
 seen his subject "in the round" and has
 worked out, in smooth texture, the com-
 plicated "cross-fertilization" of all Ban-
 croft's ideas-religious, humanitarian, po-
 litical, social, economic, historical, and cul-
 tural-and demonstrated the extent to which
 they were conditioned by current events.
 Bancroft not only wrote aoten volume History
 of the U. S. (1834-1876)t;he made history
 -as a pioneer in educational reform and
 popularizer of -German philosophic ideas,
 as Secretary of the Navy and later Secre-
 tary of War, as our Minister to England
 (1846-9) and to Germany (1867-74), and
 as the head of the Democratic party in
 Massachusetts. Combining colorful narra-
 tive with just interpretation and well bal-
 anced criticism, Bancroft's story is unfolded
 with the symmetry of a flower, complete
 and proportioned to "The Last Leaf." It
 is not untouched with beauty. If, as Mr.
 Nye shows, Bancroft's central theme was
 a faith in the verdicts of the majority of
 the common people, a conviction that his-
 tory is the record of God's purpose in
 ordering the progress of the world, a be-
 lief in the high destiny of America, it is
 heartening in these days to be reminded, in
 so entertaining a way, of the optimistic
 doctrines which helped to give our fore-
 fathers the courage and determination to
 make democracy humane and eminent. And
 it is a good omen that the U'W' 'Graduate
 school can attract and train students capable
 of producing such books of finished scholar-
 ship and broad human appeal, books which
 win national acclaim among those most
 competent to judge them.-Harry Hayden
 Clark, Professor of English.    II

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