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Apartheid program is set

The Institute Colloquium Committee will hold a two-day Institute wide discussion of apartheid on Nov. 6 and 7, according to Professor of Mathematics Frank Morgan '74, chairman of the committee. South African activists Nthato Motlana and Oliver Tambo will participate in the program.

Motlana will give the opening address in Kresge from 3:30--5 on Nov. 6, said Judy Douglis, executive officer in the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs, and chairman of the evening discussions subcommittee. He is the chairman of the Soweto Committee of 10 and the Soweto Civic Action Committee.

There will be a reception open to the MIT community following the opening address. The committee has tentatively planned to hold the reception in the Burton Dining Hall, Morgan said.

Several dormitories and three fraternities will host guests and faculty at their houses for coffee and donuts. The living groups will hold workshops afterwards, Douglis said.

Dormitories scheduled to hold activities include Ashdown House, Green Hall, Next House, Senior House and McCormick Hall. Baker and Burton may also have activities, she said. Each activity will cover a different aspect of the apartheid issue, Douglis continued. "There will be specific themes set up ahead of time."

Joel Clark, professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will lead a discussion on "The Myth of South Africa's Strategic Minerals," Morgan said.

Roy Schotland, professor of Law at Georgetown University, will also run a workshop entitled, "The Myth of Divestment," according to Robert I. Rotberg, professor of History and Political Science, chair of the program subcommittee.

A panel discussion will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7. The panel, which wil be moderated by Rotberg, currently includes Dr. Motlana and:

O+ Shirley Chisholm -- Former member of the US House of Representatives.

O+ John Reed -- Vice chairman of Citicorp and member of the MIT Corporation.

O+ Gretchen Ritter -- An MIT graduate student in political science.

O+ Oliver Tambo -- Member of the African National Congress.

On Thursday evening there will be a session of discussions which will be held in the living groups, according to Morgan. Douglis said there may also be a closing address on Thursday.

The Institute Colloquium Committee, created last spring, meets every four to six weeks. The next meeting will be on Oct. 18, he said.

Committee meetings have had "quite a spectrum of people involved," Morgan said. The diversity of opinions has "made for a very lively process which I think was a very healthy thing," he added.

The Committee's mailing list includes members of such diverse groups as the Inter-Fraternity Conference, Pugwash, the Lecture Series Committee, the Graduate Student Council, the Undergraduate Association, and the Dormitory Council, Morgan noted.

The community groups liason subcommittee was "concerned with getting the ones that weren't so obvious," Douglis said.

The Institute Colloquium Committee will hold "no political position at all," Morgan said.

"We don't want to be sponsoring any rallies for any cause ... I think the idea is to present as broad a view as possible and not to present just one side," Douglis said.

The Institute Colloquium Committee is an ongoing committee affiliated with the Provost's office, Douglis said. The Committee will run a series of programs each academic year, she said. "This is the first experiment, so to speak," she added.

The purpose of the Committee is to "generate discussion ... hopefully more educated discussion, [and] get people involved with issues outside the campus," Douglis said.

The Committee has not decided what the next topic covered will be. "The Committee is interested in hearing topics that people in the community are interested in," she continued.

Morgan disagrees with those who claim, "This whole thing is something that just won't work at MIT." While "most [MIT students] have decided not to be activists at MIT, [they are] very interested and concerned about big events," he said.