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Meisel Combines Writing, Poly Sci

Shah Comes To Tea

Lectures by Journalists
WillBegin Tomorrow

Prof. James Meisel describes
himself as being "young as a tea-
But the political science depart-
mnent's "theory" instructor, on a
college faculty list for only nine
years, achieved recognition in lit-
erary fields long before he entered
academic life.
BORN IN Berlin in 1900, Prof.
Meisel lived in Germany, received
his PhD. at Heidelberg, and was
one of the editors of a Berlin
newspaper until 1934, when, he
said, "I took a sabbatical from
Mr. Hitler."
The paper, "Vossiche Zeitung,"
was a "moderate liberal publica-
tion which folded not quite vol-
untarily shortly before I left
Prof. Meisel wrote for the Arts
and Science and Political depart-
ments as well as for the literary
section during the period that
novelist Arthur Koestler was a
scientific writer for the same pap-

lived for four years in Italy and
Austria. During this time, Prof.
Meisel translated several books, in-
cluding Sinclair Lewis' "It Can't
Happen Here."
In 1938 he was in Vienna,
"just in time to meet Mr. Hitler
again," and immediately follow-
ing the Nazi occupation of Aus-
tria he left the continent for
For the next two years, he served
as assistant and secretary to nov-
:list Thomas Mann at Princeton
DURING THIS time, Prof. Mei-
sel met members of the American
Friends Committee, who suggested
ghat he teach. "I owe my mental
nd physical existence to the
American Quakers," he said.
His first teaching post was at
Wilson College, a small school
of 350 women in Pennsylvania.
"The faculty consisted of five
aale teachers encircled by 45 lady
:olleagues; a very trying experi-
3nce," he commented.
PROF. MEISEL came to the
University in 1943, and taught first
in the German department.
"Prof. Henry Nordmeyer, the
chairman of the German depart-
ment, gave me my first break
as a teacher," he said.
In 1945 he transferred to the
political science department to
take over classes in political theory
and European government and in
1947 he was appointed an assistant
* * *
COMPARING the European and
American 1 educational systems,

having been "quite
that time."

Koestler as
a playboy at

Besides his newspaper work,
Prof. Meisel also found time to
write a novel which was pub-
lished in Germany and to author
two plays appearing on the Ber-
lin and Dresden boards in 1928
and 1929.
But he said, "I feel rather guilty
now about that part of my life
because it was so unscholarly. I
am trying hard to forget that per-

Prof. Meisel said, "We were much
more on our own than American
students. It was more or less edu-
cation on a free enterprise sys-
Declaring that "I am not a be-
liever in iron curtains between
departments," he pointed to the
need for closer cooperation be-
tween various branches of the
This is especially important in
socialssciences and philosophy, he
"I don't want to overrate the
influence of theories on events,
but certainly there is a relation-
ship. Wecan't live without sys-
temizing events."
A BELIEVER in small classes,
Prof. Meisel said "the greatest
Joy of a teacher is to observe the
intellectual growth of his stu-
dents. You can't see this when the
classes are so large that you hardly
get to know the names of the stu-
And he has been endeavoring
to introduce this small class sys-
tem into his theory courses.
When Prof. Meisel began teach-
ing Introduction to Political
Theory, it was all-lecture course.
Now, discussion sections have
been arranged and he hopes to
make this -system an integral
part of the course by next se-
A new addition to the roster of
political science theory classes was
introduced last year. This course,
Recent Political Thought, is a con-
tinuation of the original year
course in political theory, and a
further attempt to keep down the
size of classes.
Prof. Meisel is also conduct-}
ing the senior group in the lit-
erary college's honor's program.
"Teaching this group has made
me feel that perhaps graduate stu-
dents could be used for tutorial
purposes," he said.
HE STATED that all his courses
are constantly being revised. "I
never use my old notes for lec-
tures," he said. "I change my mind
at least once a year even about
such an 'old' subject as Plato."
Former 'U'
Lecturer Dies
Prof. Benoy Sarkar, visiting pro-
fessor at the University last sum-
mer, died Friday in Washington,
Prof. Sarkar was chairman of
the economics and commerce de-
partments of the University of
Calcutta, India.
IE WAS INVITED to visit the
University where he conducted
a course on the peoples and cul-
tures of India, under the auspices
of the anthropology department.
The funeral was held, yester-
day in Washington, D.C. The
body will be cremated in Wash-
ington and the ashes will be sent
to India.
Prof. Sarkar was on a lecture
tour at the time of his death.

A series of lectures by five na-
tionally known newspapermen on
"Dynamics of Today's Newspa-
pers" will be sponsored by the De-
partment of Journalism during
the next three weeks.
Gene Alleman, secretary-man-
ager of the Michigan Press Asso-
ciation, will open the series at 3
p.m. tomorrow in Rm. B, Haven
Hall. He will discuss "Newspaper
Problems and Trends."
* * *
A GRADUATE of the University
of Wisconsin school of journalism,
Alleman has worked on newspa-
pers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois
and New Jersey.
Nathaniel R. Howard, editor
of the Cleveland News, will dis-
cuss "The Trouble With News-
papers" at 3 p.m. Wednesday in
Rm. B Haven Hall. Named editor
of the News in 1937 Howard was
assistant director of the United
States Office of Censorship in
1942 and 1943.
He previously spoke here in
1947 when he was president of the

American Society of Newspaper
ON DEC: 5, Benjamin H. Resse,
managing editor of the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch, will conduct an
informal discussion on "Newspa-
pering Today."
Two lectures will be given by +
Carroll Binder, editorial editor
of the Minneapolis Tribune, on
Dec. 7. In the afternoon he will
speak on "The Outlook for Free-
dom of Information" and in the
evening he will deliver a lecture
on "The Road Ahead in World
A foreign correspondent for the
Chicago Daily News before becom-
ing editorial editor of the Tribune
in 1945, Binder is on the United
Nations Commission on Freedom
of Information.
The series will conclude on Dec.
14 with an address on "The Press
in a Changing World" by Benja-
min M. McKelway, president of
the American Society of News- ,
paper Editors and editor of the
Washington Star.

TETE-A-TETE-Miss Muriel Efty presents Stockwell coeds to Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of
Iran, at a tea given in the ruler's honor at the dormitory. Also pictured is the Shah's brother,
Prince Mahmoud Reza Pahlavi, University student, who accompanied'his brother on the campus
tour. Both the Shah and the Prince were enthusiastically received by the Stockwell coeds.
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full course meal, radio news and
commentary serves a top function
in keeping the public informed.
Just how comprehensive, objec-
tive or one sided the report is de-
pends primarily on the newscaster
or analyst.
.* * *
TWO OF THE outstanding com-
mentators on the airwaves today
are Edward R. Murrow and Martin
Murrow, who is heard daily at
7:45 p.m., heads the list of radio
newsmen popularity polls.
This well-due popularity may be
attributed to the objectivity and
sincerity which many of his col-
leagues would do well to note.
STARTING OFF with an ac-
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about as close to fact as can be
expected of any intelligent opin-
ionated individual.
A sharp delineation between
the news and his views keeps the
listener oriented, engendering
confidence that this is, not whim
or axe-grinding.
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sentation, divorced from content,
should no*, be underestimated.
Here also Murrow excells. His
tightly controlled dramaticism and
pleasing voice quality distinguish
him as a commentator.
plaudits for content, organization
and comprehension of the impli-
cations of current happenings.
One personal drawback to his
broadcast is the 8 a.m. time

most unauthorative findings of
such investigations as the House
Un-American Activities Commit-
tee seems tai be his forte.
Running a close second is
Winchell, who continues to enjoy
one of the largest listener audi-
ences. Whichever side of the

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and interpretation, the liberal plugging, his particular brand of
minded Agronsky is hard to beat. snide sarcasm is enfuriating.
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WORTHY OF note is the speech
department's news program pre-
sented daily at 12:30 p.m.
News is edited and presented by
the students in the radio classes.
Women's features and interviews
with local celebrities add color and
interest to the report on campus
and town as well as world events.

Rural Ed Group To Meet Here


About 400 delegates to the Great
Lakes Conference of Rural Life
and Education will assemble at
the University this week.
The delegates, here from Mon-
day till Wednesday, will hear lec-
tures and discussions on the gen-
eral topic of community better-
OPENING THE conference Mon-
day at 9:30 a.m. in Rackham Audi-
torium will be F. J. Thaden, of- the
Michigan State College sociology
department, speaking on "What
is a Good Community?"
Following Thaden's talk, panel
discussions, dinner and luncheon
meetings, and afternoon confer-

ence groups will be conducted by
University faculty members and
state and national educational
leaders throughout the three-day
All sessions except luncheon and
dinner meetings' will be held in
Rackham building. The general
public is invited.
SL Group To Meet
The Student Legislature's Hu-
man Relations Committee will
hold an open meeting Tuesday
at 7 p.m., in the Union to set up
working subcommittees, according
to Tom Walsh, chairman.

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