THE MICHIGAN DAILY
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1959
EIGHT THE MICHIGAN DAILY TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1959
)ean Bacon Discusses European Touri
By KATHLEEN MOORE
Back from a vacation in Europe,
Dean of Women Deborah Bacon
has decided "seven languages,
seven capitals, seven currencies in
a month's time are too much-
at least for me."
Miss Bacon and Assistant Dean
of Women Elsie R. Fuller were
the only participants in a music
tour planned by Gail W. Rector,
executive director of the Univer-
sity Musical Society.
Although "very glad to get
back," she did enjoy flying to Am-
sterdam, Vienna, Florence, Rome,
the Riviera, Paris, London and
Began in June
The trip began the day after
Commencement, she said, in order
to see Europe, "before they smash
it down again.",
Two places she had never visit-
ted 'before, Vienna and Brussels,
topped Miss Bacon's list of favor-
ite foreign cities.
"To me the most beautiful, per-
fect, exquisite taste in artifacts--
anything that is made-is in Vi-
enna now, not Paris," she said in
recalling highlights of her tour.
Another of the delights of Vi-
enna for the dean was the per-
formance of one of Hindemith's
choral concerts with the composer
directing the a capella choir. The
beauty of the music and singing
she described as "unbelievable,"
and the atmosphere of friendli-
ness among director, singers and
audience as "like a jam session."
As for Brussels, Miss Bacon
commented that it is the historic
city of Europe.
Rome, she noted, is "just too
She found the Italian city "very
depressing," mainly because she
doesn't like to be "so conspicuous-
ly reminded that I'm only one
unit in a coral atoll." The weight
phasis on the past, she explained,
it "bouncess you into the future
with a very acid wit" and the at-
titude of "eh, bien, why not?"
As for the culture of ancient
Rome, Miss Bacon expressed the
opinion that there is only one
modern society, the United States'
Western technology, which can
and does compare with it.
Defining culture as "the use of
typical artifacts," Miss Bacon said
in ancient times one could see the
stamp of Greek or Roman culture
in parts of nearly every outpost
of civilization from southern
France to northern Africa, just as
one finds indications of American-
ization and western Technology
throughout the modern world.
Their culture "was transport-
able and we are doing the same!
thing whether we like it or not."
American culture is transport-
able to the extent that "we can
box it up into a little exhibit and
fair and ship it to Moscow, send-
ing Vice-President Nixon along,"
Pericles, leader of Athens dur-
ing its golden age, did the same
thing, she insisted, when he
shipped thousands of pottery jars
to all parts of the world as Amer-
ica does when it sends millions of
"shiny new Frigidaires" overseas.
Reflecting on her tour as a
whole, Miss Bacon had but three
items she would have liked to
bring home with her: "two crip-
pled women from the Louvre -
one poor lady has no head and
the other has no arms" - and
the Christ Church College Chapel1
from the University of Cambridge
-"for my money, the most beau-
tiful building in Europe."
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visited seven European capitals t
before "they smash it down agai
of history found in Rome makes
one "lose all confidence in the ini-
tiative and power of the individ-
ual," she continued.
For illustration, Miss Bacon
used the city's buildings in which
historical reminders frequently
resembled a "rabbit warren" in
The floors often represent
Dean of Women Deborah Bacon
his summer, seeing the Continent
periods in history, she pointed
out, with the basement made of
red Etruscan bricks and the first
floor indicating classic Rome, the
.second the Renaissance and the
18th century and the top floor
built in the modern style.
By contrast, she said of Paris-
"the history is all there but the
attitude is so different."
By-passing such complete em-
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