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Richard B. Morris

Saturday, January 24, 1942

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

Dr. Richard B. Morris speaks on science and the war, and civilian defense. He notes the Nazi attack on the civilians of Rotterdam as an example of the need for civil defense organization. He speaks on the role of colleges in preparing people for response services and coordinating activities such as courses of study and personnel and utilize the campus labs and spaces. Morris describes the three objectives of the Civilian Defense Council.

1. Cooperate actively as a college unit with civilian defense authorities in any type of service for which the college staff and student body may be fitted for training.
2. Protect life and property in the college area.
3. Train both the student body and the general public to the limit of the facilities of the City College for useful defense services.

He goes on to describe the informational services provided by the college to inform students about opportunities for college men in the military, as well as the large ROTC training corp at City College.

He notes the Committee on Defense Bonds, Stamps War Relief and War Conservation successful sale of bonds and stamps, sold through Professor Mead.

Other committees activities have instructed students about conservation of resources and air raid protection, such as identifying shelters. The college is also busily microfilming important papers.

There are courses offered to students to introduce them to specialized fields in civilian defense, these courses do not carry credits, but will result in a certificate of completion.

He goes on to describe upcoming events related to civilian defense.


Audio courtesy of the City University of New York


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About The Role of Science in War

Talks by members of the City College of New York faculty discussing how their disciplines help the war effort. Topics include astronomy, mathematics, biology, and more.  The program aired in 1942.

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