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    The Romanian ambassador to the U.S., Corneliu Bogdan, spent three
days here last month as guest of the University. Highlight of his
visit was a public lecture on November 30, discussing "Romania in the
Concert of Nations." The invitation originated in a class that is
quite knowledgeable about Romania: College of Arts and Sciences 300,
which was set up to offer courses relevant to students' interests and
crosses academic disciplines. A current series is called "East Euro-
pean Nations in Profile." Dr. Joseph A, Kessler of the history depart-
ment is in charge of the course, together with Dr. Michael Impey, in-
structor in Italian who specializes in Romanian literature, since both
Romanian and Italian are Romance languages. Dr. Impey also offers a
full-year course in the Romanian language, the first at the University.
In-depth lectures are being presented in the course by Dr. Ernest
Yanarella of the political science department, Dr. Curtis E. Harvey
of the College of Business and Economics, Dr. Walter Abbott of the
sociology department, and Miss Linda Mikel of the geography department.
Guest lecturers have included a Greek Orthodox priest in Lexington who
lived in Romania until 1950, and a top Romanian economist who spoke on
Romania's planned economy. Mr. Bogdan spoke to the class.


    Wendell E. Berry, distinguished professor of the College of Arts
and Sciences, presented the annual Distinguished Professor of the
Year lecture on November 17 in Memorial Hall. Title of Prof. Berry's
address was "Discipline and Hope: Some Notes Toward a Definition of a
New Middle." He was elected by his fellow faculty members in the col-
lege last winter and as recipient of the award was released from his
duties during the Spring semester. He is the 27th winner of the
coveted award, established in 1944 as a means of recognizing academic
achievement. In his address, he said: "The only life we may hope to
live is here. It seems likely that if we are to reach the earthly
paradise at all, we will reach it only when we have ceased to strive
and hurry so to get there. There is no 'there.' We can only wait
here where we are, in the world, obedient to its processes, patient
in its taking away, faithful to its returns. And as much as we may
know, and all that we deserve, of earthly paradise will come to us."


    University debate teams won six awards at the University of South
Carolina Debate Tournament at Columbia. Dr. J. W. Patterson, director
of forensics and debate coach, said the teams took first place in the
Junior Varsity Division, with a two-man team composed of Jim Flegle,
Bardwell, and Carl Merchant, Barbourville. Flegle also received the
top speaker award and Merchant the second-place speaker award in the
division; second place in the Varsity Division was a team composed of
Carl Brown and Jeff Langford, both of Louisville. Brown received the
second place trophy and Langford the eighth place speaker trophy in
that division. Dr. Patterson said the tournament director told him the
University teams had the top record in the tournament, although no tro-
phy was qiven.