Monday, November 13, 1972 TH€ SAL€M1T£ Page Three ampus o&y Campus Colloquy is a young syndicate aimed at making avail able to college students essays written by world-renouned per sonalities. These essays cover a variety of topics and are slanted toward college readers - the Sdemite has selected 17 essays which we will publish weekly till the end of the year. The Case for Dissent by Walter Cronkite fMr. Cronkite is Managing Edi tor of the CBS Evening News. He has been a reporter for more \han thirty years. In 1962, the leorge Eoster Peabody Televi- ^sionNews Award saluted, among ~other Cronkite achievements, his “{Twentieth Century” broad- .casts (1957-1966). In 1969, he Received the Wm. Allen White Award for Journalistic Merit - lever before given to a broad- ' w newsman, j ' After a few thousand years of so-called civilization, there are so many things wrong with the world that we have made. The mere fact that this species of ours has survived so far seems hardly adequate cause for self- applause nor can we indulge in self-congratulations for our civi- ^zation’s considerable material and cultural development that ^as failed to guarantee survival or nurture the bodies and the ^irit of all mankind. If we are to wipe out not on-, ly the symptoms, hut the causes, of injustice and decay, there Biust be change. There is scarce ly any argument on that. But the question is the form of the change and, as in such critical times in our history, we find conflicts between the seeming intransigence of the extablished order and the impatience of youth. Each generation, when it is young, is anxious to get on with the obvious reforms that 1$ Miiherliosil III? the establishment of whatever era seems reluctant to institute. With the world’s present poten tial for mass suicide with nuclear weapons, over-crowding, hunger, is there any wonder that the students of today rebel with an urgency unknown to earlier gen erations? There ought to be a better way, and that, I submit, is what the students are saying - there ought to be a better way, not only to settle international dis pute, but to provide for the world’s underprivileged and to assure peace and well being for all. Almost everyone agrees with those broad objectives. It is the maimer of achieving them - pri marily the dispatch with which we get the job done - that sepa rates us, that brings us tO this increasing and terrible polariza tion of our society. It is time that both sides look and listen. Don’t stop, there isn’t time to stop, but look and hsten, one to the other. As essential as is the need for listening to the other side’s argu ments, is the necessity for criti cal self-examination of one’s own arguments. It would be helpful if each side recognized its own excesses of speech and action even as it condemns those of the opposition. It cannot be expected that' more fanatical leaders or their disciples are going to follow such rational behavior, nor are they Mkely to be tolerant of those who do. Fanatics seem to re quire total commitment and are not loathe to use bully tactics to get it. It also is the essence of their demagoguery that they preach only part of the lesson. Those who are hardened in their position practice and preach re pression and their weapon is fear. To rationally examine our LilespiD Geiier Plans Senesier Workshops for hall presidents (September and October, Joyce Aldret chairman). Placement of fice (Dean Johnson). Vocational Reading Room (Joyce Aldret): Open houses planned for Seniors-Nov. 13, 14 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Juniors - Nov. 14 5:00 — 6:00 and 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Sophomores - Nov. 20 5:00 - 6:00 and 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Freshmen - Nov. 21 5:00 - 6:00 and 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Lifespan Center plans for the re mainder of this term include: ' Six Became One” - Film concerned with female psycho- ogical development to be spon sored by Lifespan Center and Salem Fomm to be shown No vember 16 at 12:45 in Fine Arts Center. Job-Search Workshop” - how to look for employment: re sumes, interviews, etc. Date: November 21 Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. For: Interested community women and students Leaders: Dianne High and Reid Raben “Salem Sights” - a tour of the Salem Campus and introduc tion to January program faculty. Date: Dec. 4 (tentative) Time: morning For: Potential special stu dents during January term. Leader: Mary Anne Goslen Conference on Continuing Education for Women programs - invitational meeting. Date: Dec. 11 (tentative) Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For: Approximately a do zen leaders of CEW pro grams and counsehng activities in other N.C. institutions of higher ed ucation. Leader: Jean Eason alternatives, none of us can yield to fear. Freedom of speech, press and peaceful assembly, which we all should hold dear, really compro mise the freedom of free inquiry - the freedom to study our dem ocratic institutions without fear of harassment by misguided pa triots or heckling malcontents, freedom to advocate change without facing trial for heresy. Such study may require throw ing off old concepts, shibbo leths in the spirit of basic re search. We must hear out the dissenters. We must seek out and make use of the original think ers. We have the future in our power. The twenty-first century is not going to burst upon us in full flower. As we move into the future, the possibilities open to mankind stagger the imagination. Man can mold the new century into anything he wants it to be. But to do that, we must know what we want and we must ex amine each of our institutions to determine whether they stand up to the challenge of the cen tury ahead. We of our generation may have to look no further than our own failure to plan for this fu ture, to find the seeds for youth’s discontent. Convinced that we are not doing the job, many of you have turned your backs upon us. Even as you should not reject that which is good of our institutions and that accumulated wisdom which we possess, perhaps solely by reason of age, we must not reject those among you who dissent. In youth’s rebellion against any un satisfactory status quo, we must assist - not resist. This does not mean either for youth or for us groveling to coercion, yielding to blackmail, or forgiving vio lence. It does not mean we can tolerate lawlessness, for the law is the foundation of our free dom. It does mean that we must not let our revulsion to the transgressions of the militants blind us to the future. Society is going to change. The only question is whether youth is going to help and, in deed, we need to communicate by word and deed to those com ing behind us, the values that we know are constants - right or wrong, truth or falsehood, gen erosity or selfishness, dedication or cynicism, self-discipline or hcense. This country has not lost its ability to respond to challenge. Though all the challenges of to day seem frightening in their complexity, there should be no reason for despair. I do not des pair that young people are tak ing a more concerned interest in our affairs than ever before in our history. God bless you all for that. The more and the greater the challenge, the greater the hero ism of thought and of deed and of the courage to surmount them. Just remember this. The more exciting, then, the pros pects of the combat; oh, how much sweeter, then, the taste of victory. by Karen McCotter The sanctity of motherhood in American life is one of its most sternly protected images. Considering that Mom and her apple pie rank only behind the country itself in importance, it is easy to understand why non feminists and the majority of the male population scream sacrilege at those who deny that pregnan cy is the most noble state any woman can hope to achieve. This is a society in which every blushing, newly discovered mother-to-be is congratulated as if she had just bid seven no- trump and made it. (I use that analogy because bridge is one of the other more acceptable occu pations for the female.) The re- verers of motherhood ignore the fact that almost any female is capable of becoming pregnant. This is also a society which looks askance at any young cou ple who, after two or three years, has not presented the U.S. Census Board with another dia pered statistic. The only newly married couples who escape this scmtiny are those who are able to marry by virtue of their social security retirement checks. Because the stock reaction of motherhood worshippers to any derogatory comments is aston ished indignation, it is extremely difficult to have a rational dis cussion with them. Once your position is known, you are writ ten off as, if not positively warped, then at least very strange. It is quite simple to provoke this condemnation. For example, merely begin by admit ting a dislike for children, and finish them off by refusing to get your teacher’s certificate in college. This is particularly con sidered a mark of insanity as everyone knows that a woman should become a teacher be cause she then has the same va cations as her children. If this is the answer handed back to you, give up the effort because they obviously ignored your first re mark on children. If all your arguments prove ineffective, only remember that you are fighting against the ten ets of one of the most solidly- structured societies in existence, barring the caste system. It will take more than words to change so many minds. It will take American women considering the decision to have children as seriously as the responsibilities and limitations of motherhood warrant; and it will certainly take some conscientious objec tors to pregnancy. BarryBoys ReadsPoe ms BARRY BOYS, the British actor who recently completed a highly successful nationwide tour with the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, will give a recital of poetry in the Au ditorium of Summit School, Reynolda Road on Sunday, No- bember 19th. This performance like his November 12 perfor mance, will be at 8:00 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door from 7:00 p.m. Admission will be charged. Boys’ first recital “Speak the Speech,” was devoted to the works of William Shakespeare and included selections from Henry the Fifth, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet and King Lear. Barry Boys, who will be remem bered by many in Winston for his productions at the North Carolina School of the Arts, was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has performed with the Old Vic Company (now Britain’s Nation al Theatre) in England, the Mid dle East and the Soviet Union. Viewers of educational television have been delighted by his pro ductions of Shakespeare’s plays for that medium. His produc tions have been haOed by the New York Times as ‘a pleasure of the season . . . epitomising the difference between making thea tre and simply putting on a show.’ The second recital, “A Cloud in Trousers” on Sunday, Novem ber 19th, will be devoted to the works of Russian poets in trans lation. Yevtushenko has des cribed Boys as ‘the best reciter of my poetry in the world . . . after me!’ When asked about the value of presenting verse in trans lation Boys replied: “How many Russian speakers do you know? Of course there is no substitute for the original, provided you understand the language. But for those who do not have Russian I promise you there is a whole literature of great richness, great power and lyricism, which even in translation has something very exciting to say to us. Russian poetry is an exciting public event, made for performance - and the excitement comes through in any language.” This second recital will include selec tions from the works of Maya kovsky, Marina Tsvetayeva, Yesenin, Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelsyam and Boris Pasternak as well as selections from con temporary poets such as Voz nesensky and Yevtushenko. Also included in the programme will be a selection from the works of Walt Whitman, who Boys de scribes as “America’s greatest Russian poet” — a reference to the influence exerted by Whit man on Mayakovsky and other Russian poets. Barry Boys has given poetry readings with Voznesensky and Yevtushenko at Town Hall, Lin coln Center, Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall. He has appeared on the NBC Today Show, The Frost Show and the Dick Cavett Show. He has ap peared as lecturer-performer at many universities in the United States, including Berkeley, Har vard, Yale and Princeton. And has been honoured by The Na tional Endowment for the Arts and The International Poetry Fomm for his services to theatre and poetry. He was recently in vited to tour the Soviet Union by the Soviet Ministry of Cul ture - at wliich time he will per-^ form the works of Shakespeare and the works of modern Amer ican and English poets for Rus sian audiences.

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