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Dartmouth College. Public Affairs Center



In 1946, John Sloan Dickey, President of the College, presented his concept for a course to be called Great Issues to the Committee on Educational Policy (CEP). The CEP accepted his concept and recommended its institution to the faculty, which approved the course on a provisional basis. An interdivisional committee (the Steering Committee) was created to plan and organize the course. The first Committee was comprised of John Sloan Dickey, Arthur Wilson, William Ballard, Arthur Jensen, Alex Laing, Earl Sikes, and John Clark as executive secretary (later replaced by Thomas Braden). Membership of the Committee always rotated and included faculty members from the Humanities, Social Science, and Science divisions, with one member being elected as the chairman/director of the course for the year. In 1954, the term of leadership was expanded to two years, and in 1961, Gene Lyons was hired specifically to direct the course and the Public Affairs Laboratory. The course, whose purpose was to “relate undergraduate education to the responsibilities of adult living” through a series of lectures and discussions meant to “present issues confronting the public-minded man who is concerned with the maintenance of a just peace, the building of a second economic order, and the search for values which will enable our culture to survive” (Dartmouth College ORC, 1947) was discontinued following the 1965-66 academic year. The course was originally required of seniors for the B.A. degree, and was replaced by the Senior Symposia and later the Student Forum.

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Dartmouth College, Public Affairs, Great Issues Course, Records May Be Restricted

Identifier: DA-12
Date(s): 1946 to 1967
Scope and Contents Records consist of memos, reports, correspondence, Basic Documents, reading lists, speaker’s texts, notebooks, position papers and reprints examinations, lecture schedules, General Information sheets, reading assignments, reading texts, a seating chart and student papers and journals, meeting minutes, articles, papers, bulletins and newspaper clippings, flexograph, open reel recordings and cassettesThe records document the formation and running of the Great Issues Course. Of...
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