Talk by R. T. McKenzie
The Negro vote will be an important factor in the Presidential Election this year. Mr. McKenzie, who lectures in political sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, travelled widely this summer in the United States, where he attended the Party Conventions and also investigated conditions in the South. In this talk he considers the changing political attitudes of the Negro electorate on the basis not only of statistics but of conversations with Negroes in many walks of life.
The second of two talks by Frank Kermode
The seventeenth century ' dissociation of sensibility ... from which we have never recovered' (in T. S. Eliot's very successful formulation) should be seen, Mr. Kermode suggests, as a local variant of the doctrine of the Renaissance as a great spiritual disaster. ' The myth of catastrophe,' he said in his first talk, was imposed upon English literature not after a dispassionate survey of the facts but in order to satisfy certain needs that became urgent in the nineteenth century.' In this talk Mr. Kermode tries to determine what these needs were and suggests that the myth itself has served its turn and should be discarded.
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