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40 years ago: Controversial KU program under fire

March 5, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 5, 1973:

  • Faculty and students at Kansas University were embroiled in heated discussions over an innovative program. The Pearson College Integrated Humanities Program had been temporarily approved for freshmen and sophomores in 1971, with 300 students selectively admitted by request. The two-year sequence of four six-hour courses included study of Greek and Roman classics, the Old and New Testaments, and works of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance as well as modern authors. Faculty and student representatives were voting on whether the program should no longer satisfy requirements in English, speech, Western Civilization, and humanities distribution course requirements.
  • Many Lawrence residents could be forgiven for wondering if the sun was ever going to come out again. The skies had been filled with mist and rain ever since the end of February and, according to a photo caption in today's Journal-World, "the area daffodils and crocuses are not finding much reward for having come out so early." The 1.93 inches of rain recorded since Feb.28 was to be augmented this week by showers and thundershowers, according to the National Weather Service, but there was as yet no threat of serious flooding for the area.

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