Education: Unwelcome Guests

In less dogmatic days, most U.S. colleges were places where all sides of many questions were heard. Student groups sponsored after-hours speeches by Republicans, Democrats, Communists, Buchmanites, Zoroastrians and ecdysiasts. But times have changed. Last week, six colleges barred their doors to speakers who were Communists or fellow travelers.

The unwelcome guests: Novelist Howard (Freedom Road) Fast, an editor of the Communist New Masses; Communist Gerhart Eisler, reputed U.S. Comintern boss; Arnold Johnson, legislative director of the Communist Party; Carl Marzani, dismissed by the State Department for concealing his Communist card.

Johnson found the door shut at New York's City College, Eisler at...

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