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Talbot Speaks on U.S.-Asian Relations

"It has almost become a cliche,"
he said, "to say the old social
structure is meeting the impact of
the modern world." Although the.
strictness of the old caste system
is dying out somewhat, political
campaigns and election& bring it
back into focus again when the
castes vote largely as groups.
Another important aspect of'
Asian life today is the vigorous
movement going on economically,
Talbot compared Thdia to Com-
munist China, where, he said, em-
phasis is put on industrial pro-
In India, he said, the primary
concern of the government is in
building up their economy to
prove to the people that the dem-
ocratic system is "going some-
where," and to build up a strong
nationalistic pride.
Still Many Problems
While democracy has come a
long way, there are still many
areas which are having trouble
getting started, he said. Pakistan,
for instance, has never been
united enough to hold a national
A free exchange of culture be-
tween the West and Asia can help
build up a strong democratic sys-
tem in Asia. Universities and sec-
ondary schools in the United
States are beginning to offer
courses in Asian studies and
"throughout the country there is
n increase in cultural exchange."
If this trend continues, Talbot
added, there will grow a genera-
tion of Americans who will de-
velop a deep understanding and
appreciation of Asian,- countries
and cultures.

Professor Says Soviets
Lack Liberal Education
The over-emphasis on science taught through lectures and read
and technology in the Soviet ing assignments which the stu
Union has resulted in an "unen- dents memorize religiously, Pro
lightened" system of higher edu- Ballis said.
cation, according to Prof. William He said that while the univers
B. Ballis of the political science ties in Moscow and Leningra
department. have excellent laboratories anr
eprtment. rother facilities, those of Centra
Speaking before the Conference Asia have "very primitive facili
of Church Related Colleges, Prof. ties."
Ballis explained the Soviets are Though Soviet and America
anxious to advance ahead of the university faculties are organize
West in scientific -and technical in much the same way, Sovie
fields. They also feel that stress faculties as well as curricula a
on these subjects point out the controlled by the Soviet Minist
"economic materialism" behind ofn' Higher Education.
Communism, Prof. Ballis said the Soviet ed
Prof. Ballis, who visited five cational system is very compet
Soviet universities and other edu- tive, but successful students d
cational institutions this sum- not go unrewarded.
mer, said, "There is no such thing
as a liberal arts college in the So-
viet Union. The university student
does not learn about the great
cultural traditions and humanis-S U E
tic values of the past."
Literature and the social sci-
ences are, for the most part,


To Speak at U'
Prof. Burt James Loewenberg
of the history department of
Sarah Lawrence College will speak
on "Darwinism and History"
Monday, 4:15 p.m., in Aud. A,
Prof. Loewenberg is chairman
of the International Commission
on the Darwin Centennial Expo-
sition, and author of "Bulletin 64,
History and the Social Sciences."


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