December 14, 1933, Pages 1, 4
Joins College in Peace Movement:
To Teach Students Of War Dangers
College Anti-War Conference Is Scheduled for Next
Mr. Bernard D. N. Grehanier of the
English department, Dr. Howard Selsam of the Philosophy department and
Theodore Fagin, a student at New York University, were the principal speakers
at a mass meeting called by the Arrangements Committee of the Student
Anti-War Conference last Friday.
"War," said Mr. Grebanier, "does
not have to be. Our life is the sum of the opinions of the day. I am convinced
that what you are about to do is of the utmost importance. We must have
unanimous opinion and unmitigated efforts. A beginning must be made and
public opinion must be awakened."
Dr. Selsam gave a spirited talk,
backing his arguments with statistics on the role of the munitions manufacturer
in war. "It seems," Dr. Selsam said, "that the only industry that did
not suffer from the depression was that of ammunitions. It cost approximately
$21,000 to kill every soldier during the last war. Half of this money
went, toward the profits of the munitions manufacturers. These firms are
internationally organized for mutual advantage." He gave as examples the
sewing machine firms and cutlery manufacturers who turned to the ammunition
industry at the outbreak of war because it was profitable. These companies
controlled international trade and money relations, as well as the press.
The last speaker, Theodore Fagin,
gave a resume of the activities and accomplishments of the N.Y.U. Anti-War
The purpose of the meeting was to
publicize the Brooklyn College Anti-War Conference. Henry Aron, chairman
of the arrangements committee, outlined the purpose and program of the
convention. Friday evening, at 7:30, December 22, there will be a message
by President William A Boylan, then a symposium on war given by representatives
of the different political organizations in the city. Following that,
a resolutions committee will be elected.
The session on Saturday, December
23, from 9:30 to 12 a.m. will concern itself with:
1. Three short addresses by: Professor
Turner of Brooklyn College, Professor Burnham of N.Y.U. and Professor
Cutler of Columbia.
2. The delegates will then be divided
into four groups: a. Education and War–Faculty chairman, Professor Joseph
George Cohen of the Education department–student leader Joseph Cohen;
b. International relations in War–Faculty chairman, Mr. Morais of the
History department–student leader, undecided; c. Fascism and War–Faculty
chairman Dr. Harry Slochower, of the German department–student leader,
Harold Draper; d. Labor and War–Faculty chairman–Dr. Theresa Wolfson of
the Economics department–student leader Theodore Draper.
Saturday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30
o'clock continued discussion in the seminar groups will be held Saturday
evening from 6:30 to 10:30 o'clock. The conference will then discuss and
adopt or reject the resolutions.
Every club, sorority, fraternity,
and other school organization is entitled to send representatives. Others
desiring to attend must have twenty signatures on a credentials form,
which will be distributed in. 6QC.
Another mass meeting will be held
tomorrow in 84C, at one o'clock. Faculty members and students will speak.
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