Harrison to RPW Letter 11/25/64
E. C. Harrison, the Dean of Southern University (the institution at which Warren's interviewee Felton G. Clark was president) invites Warren to speak at a lecture series. Harrison mentions that several Southern University students have read Warren's work and "virtually all" are aware of him and his achievements.
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SOUTHERN BRANCH POST OFFICE
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
OFFICE OF THE DEAN
November 25, 1964
Mr. Robert Penn Warren
2495 Redding Road
Dear Mr. Warren:
The Field Foundation has granted to Southern University the sum
of $2500 to be used to finance a lecture series for students.
As you probably know, Southern Unviersity is the Land-Grant
College for Negroes in Louisiana. Presently, it has an enrollment of
6,000 students, approximately 95% of whom are residents of Louisiana.
For the most part, these students are products of lower socio-
economic backgrounds as evidenced by the occupational classification
of their parents. It is obvious, then, that these students entered
college with attitudes, sentiments, expectations, motivations, and
values regarding higher education which have been influenced by both
their socio-economic origin and their status as first-generation
In view of the changing relationship of Negroes to the American
economy and the need to raise the aspirational and motivational levels
of our students, we feel that it is important for our students to be
brought into contact with those minds and personalities who are
influencing the course of human events in international relations, science,
art, humanities, and economics. It is toward this end that our lecture
series is being planned.
We would be most appreciative if you would be so kind as to
participate in this lecture series. It would mean much to our students, a
number of whom have already made your acquaintance by reading some
of your work and virtually all of whom, it can be truthfully said, have
heard of you and your achievements. We realize that you have a busy
schedule. Yet we are hopeful that htese Negro students in Louisiana
will be able to see and hear you. Although it is our plan to begin the
lecture series during the second semester, if you are available, and we
certainly hope that you will be, we are prepared to schedule your
appearance at any time that is convenient to you.
E. C. Harrison, Dean