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U' Extension Group Grows Rapidly
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a
series of interviews with Prof. Maurer on
the discussion group he conducts in De-
troit. The procedures of group discus-
sion which have been worked out in the
history of the class, and the need for
the "meeting of minds" and the possible
future of such programs, will be dis-
cussed in later articles.
"Undoubtedly one of the best at-
tended and most popular classes of-
fered by the University Extension Di-
vision," according to Dr. C. A. Fisher,
director of that division, "is the dis-
cussion group, now in its 15th year,
conducted in Detroit by Prof. Wesley
H. Maurer of the Department of
The group, which meets every
Thursday evening at the Rackham
Educational Memorial in Detroit to
discuss a current book on world so-
cial, political or economic problems,
began in 1931 with an attendance of
12, and now between two and three
hundred attend every meeting. "It
is not to be called a 'class'." Prof.
Maurer emphasized, "but rather a
discussion group. It is in no sense a
lecture meeting, but a meeting for
engaging in a group thinking pro-
When in 1931 Prof. Maurer began
to consider some of the problems of
democracy in connection with the
rise of fascism in Europe, he saw the
need for citizen groups to discuss
these problems.
Some of his students in University
classes suggested that he conduct
such a group. He hesitated because
of the unconventional nature of the
undertaking. However, when students
living in Detroit pressed him, he
agreed to sponsor the program per-
sonally# Two of the students dis-

tributed circulars to the Detroit pub-
lic libraries, announcing the first
meeting and describing the plan.
Twelve persons attended that
first meeting of the group. One of
these men, who now lives in New
York, still attends the meetings
whenever his business brings him
to Detroit. The second term the
group increased in size, when the
members brought their friends who
became interested in the discussion
Dr. W. D. Henderson, then head of
the Extension Service, decided the
next year that this was a legitimate
activity for his division to sponsor,
and the group has since been regu-
larly sponsored by the University
through the Extension Division.
At first it was thought that an
attendance of 30 would be the
limit for good, worthwhile discus-
sion. But the, increase to 100 or
more did not reduce the freedom of
discussion or the friendliness of
the members to each other.
Many members have been in the
group for 10 to 12 years. At present
there aie 20 couples attending regu-
larly, and sometimes even more than
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interested in talking in Spanish,
please come to those informal chats
at the League.
Tea at the International Center:
The weekly informal teas at the In-
ternational Center on Thursdays,
from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. are open to
all foreign students and their Ameri-
can friends.
The Regular Thursday Evening
Record Concert will be held in the
Men's Lounge of the Rackham Bldg.
at 7:45 p.m. Mr. David Gale will be
in charge of the concert which will
feature Concerto Grosso in G Minor
by Correlli, Symphony No. 5 by
Shostahovitch, and Die Moldau by
Smetana. All Graduate Students are
cordially invited to attend this con-
La Sociedad Hispanica and the Art
Cinema League will present Dona
Barbara, a Spanish movie with Eng-
lish sub-titles, on Thursday, Jan. 31
and Friday and Saturday. Feb: 1 and
2, at 8:30 p.m., in the Lydia Mendel-
ssohn :Theater. Members. will be ad-
mitted upon payment of the federal

two adult members of a family at-
"The group's friendliness is an im-
portant factor in inviting discus-
sion," Prof. Maurer said. "No opinion
is sarcastically received, and a spirit
of friendliness and serious inquiry
prevails. The aim of the group is to
arrive at an understanding and ap-
preciation of opposing points of view,
and to have opinions tested through
group appraisal."
Prof. Maurer has experimented
with other such groups. In Ann
Arbor, a group of 45 to 50 business
and professional men meets every
Thursday noon at the First Meth-
odist church for discussion using
similar procedures as in the De-
troit group.
The Mott Foundation in Flint ask-
ed Prof. Maurer to assist in organiz-
ing a similar discussion group. Such
a group is now meeting in Flint for
its second year, under "lay leader-
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turned to my typing, when suddenly
Goldman knocked the typewriter out
of my hand with his club. "Now see
here, Logan," he glowered, putting
his knee on my chest and shoving,
"let's get this straight." He glanced
quickly into his Batman Comics to'
make sure of his next line.
"Now look Bob," I said, throwing
away my pride and my chances for
a free ticket to the Paul Bunyan
Formal, "this is a good news story.
Even a scoop, you might say."
"I might, eh? News story, you say?"
"Yeah," I said, trying to relax his
hold. "The Gargoyle comes out again
February 6. That's a week from to-
"I don't see that in your story,"
said Goldman, peering intently. "I
was just about to write it in," I
said. "I would do so immediately,"
Goldman suggested. Hastily I typ-
ed "The second issue of the new
Gargoyle will appear on campus
Feb. 6, a week from today."
'That's fine," said Goldman, still
somewhat annoyed. "Hand that in.
We can use -it as a filler on page
four." "Just that?" I asked, amazed.
"Who will know who wrote it?"
"Who will care?" Goldman count-
ered nonchalantly, having recently
had one course in philosophy. With
that he tossed aside his club, and left
He moved over to a neighboring
typewriter and started writing:
"Dear Batman, There is a certain
character that I would like to have
you put the hieat on ...

Coed Tutors Available. . .
Coeds who are failing in any sub-
ject or who wish to receive extra
help are urged to sign up immediate-
ly to be tutored, according to Naomi
Beuhler, chairman of the Merit-Tu-
torial Committee.
Tutors for nearly every subject are
available during this week only as
they stop tutoring two weeks before
finals. Coeds who wish extra help
should sign up as soon as possible
in the Undergraduate Office of the
League. Slips on which to sign are
in the Merit-Tutorial box. Tutors re-
ceive 75 cents per hour.
Dorm Heads' Party .,.
There will be a party of house-
presidents of dormitories at 7:30
p.m. today at Betsy Barbour.
The idea of the party is to ac-
quaint the presidents of dormi-
tories with each other in an infor-
mal manner. Jeanne Shattuck and
Pat Gordon are in charge of the
Badminton Scheduled . ..
All men and women on campus are
invited to play badminton from 8 to
10 p.m. Friday in Barbour and Water-
man gyms.
Playing will be sponsored by WAA's
Badminton Club and a small fee will
be charged for the use of racquets.
Those attending have been asked 'to
bring gym shoes and birds.
Littell To Speak Today
Dr. Franklin Littell will discuss
Saint Francis Xavier, the first mis-
sionary to enter Japan, in the Semi-
nar on the Expansion of Christianity
at 4:30 p.m. today in Lane Hall.

Veterans' Wives' Club To Give
Membership Tea at League

The Veterans' Wives' Club will
sponsor a membership tea for all
student veterans and their wives
from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the
League Ballroom.
All married student veterans and
their wives have been invited to at-
tend the tea, at which members of
the club will explain the new cam-
pus organization, its purpose, and its
Bus Service
Mrs. Dean Neff, social chairman
of the group, has announced that
Dean Joseph Bursley has arranged
for bus service from Willow Run
Village to provide transportation to
the tea for the veteran couples living
The Veterans' Wives' Club holds
meetings on the first and third Mon-
days of each month, and also spon-
sors monthly social events for vet-
erans and their wives. The group's
office is in the League.
The. first February meeting will be
held at 7:30 p.m. in the League, and
is to be followed by a coffee hour.
New officers will be elected at the
According to Mrs. Neff, "Campus
social life does not include activities
which suit the needs of the average
married veteran and his wife. At
present, it is difficult for the vet-
eran couples to make congenial
friends. The Veterans' Wives' Club
plans to remedy this situation. Its
sole purpose is to help the married
veterans get acquainted, and to feel
that they are a part of the social
plan on the campus."
President Ruthven To Attend
In addition to all campus married
veterans, Pres. and Mrs. Alexander
G. Ruthven, Provost and Mrs. James
P. Adams, and Vice-President and
Mrs. Robert P. Briggs, the dean of
each college, and all faculty mem-
bers who are veterans of World War
II have been invited to the tea.
The reception line will include
Pres. and Mrs. Ruthven, Mr. and

Mrs. Clark Tibbitts and Mr. and
Mrs. Dean Neff. Four student vet-
erans' wives and four wives of fac-
ulty members who served in World
War II will pour at the tea.
Marckwardl To Visit
Panama Workshop
Chosen to serve as a "Visiting Spe-
cialist" in a workshop for Panamian
teachers of English, Prof. Albert H.
Marckwardt of the English depart-
ment will go to Panama City to at-
tend the workshop from February 11
to March 1.
Prof. Marckwardt is one of 20 Eng-
lish teachers invited by the Office of
Inter-American Affairs in conjunc-
tion with the Ministry of Education
of Panama to attend the workshop.
The workshop will aim to improve
English teaching in Panama, to clar-
ify the objectives of English instruc-
tion, and to start production of new
teaching materials..


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