Inauguration of Harry N. Wright

Wednesday, September 30, 1942

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

WNYC announcer introduces the inauguration of Harry N. Wright as President of the City College of New York.

Hosted by Dr. Ordway Tead and Professor Nelson P. Mead.

Tead introduces Mayor La Guardia. La Guardia tells the audience that war hits youth harder than anyone else in the country. Talks about education and the war, the future of higher education. Manual work is not inconsistent with a cultural education. We shouldn't repeat the mistakes of the last post-war period. Colleges must adjust themselves to changing times.

Frankfurter, Supreme Court Justice, talks about the history of higher education and professes faith in Wright in his new job. Public support for higher education is encouraging. Socio-economic division in higher education. Our essential aim in this war is to defeat the enemy. Inequalities in Britain are less than they are here.

Consummation of the ceremony. Brief acknowledgment from Tead, official presentation of the seal of the college and the scroll of felicitation.

Wright speaks.

WNYC announcer interrupts to close the program.

Wright's speech continues.

A choir and orchestra perform, then Robert Russell Wick gives the benediction.

The orchestra plays for the procession.

Brief silence. Mead's speech to the new president (likely pre-recorded), then a student, Valentino D. Mazzia, welcomes the new president.

Brief silence. Another unnamed speaker, whose speech begins and ends suddenly.

Audio courtesy of the City University of New York

WNYC archives id: 71417


Felix Frankfurter, Fiorello H. La Guardia, Ordway Tead and Harry N. Wright


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