Education: R.S.V.P.

The big celebration would not take place for another four years, but President Dwight D. Eisenhower of Columbia University was getting his invitations out early. Last week he invited 750 colleges, universities, libraries and museums all over the world to help Columbia observe its 200th anniversary in 1954. So far, all he knew about the type of celebration Columbia would have was its "theme."

The theme was freedom—the "one principle which all free universities unfailingly must defend." As Columbia well knew, it might not be able to expect 100% acceptance. Among the institutions to whom Eisenhower's invitations went last week were the...