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Education: Lady & Gentlemen

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The U.S. State Department almost made a gaffe last week. Five scholarly gentlemen were about to fly to London as U.S. delegates to an Allied conference on postwar education. They were: Arkansas Congressman James William Fulbright, former president of the University of Arkansas; Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish; U.S. Education Commissioner John Ward Studebaker; the State Department’s Grayson Neikirk Kefauver; and Ralph Edmond Turner.

Suddenly the State Department was reminded that no woman delegate had been included. Hurriedly the Department considered the possibilities, then picked Vassar’s witty, international-minded, Atlanta-born Dean C. Mildred Thompson. The gentlemen flew off. Dean Thompson prepared to follow them.

In London the U.S. delegates will meet with those of Great Britain and the refugee governments. They will discuss methods of helping devastated countries to restock books and scientific apparatus; how to give U.S. university training to selected students from those countries. They will also consider forming “as soon as practicable, a United Nations organization for educational and cultural reconstruction.”

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