Arts: Merry Meeks

The lecturer raises his pointer to a stereopticon view of Chinese buildings. In a crisp, piping voice he exclaims: "And I said to him, as one Occidental to one Oriental, 'May I visit your pagoda?' And he said to me, as one Oriental to one Occidental, 'You may.' " Three hundred undergraduate eyes closely follow the pictures, 300 ears the discourse. The pagoda is visited, described, its structural and esthetic significance intelligibly explained.

The lecturer, Dean Everett Victor Meeks of the Yale School of Fine Arts, demands plenty of attention and reading...

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