The France of Today

The France of Today

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The France of Today

The France of Today

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In the autumn of 1904 I found myself unexpectedly charged with the pleasant duty of what may be described as an academic mission to France. The authorities of Harvard University were so kind as to make me the first of the representatives whom they have been invited to send, year by year, to the Sorbonne and to other French universities for the purpose of lecturing about America. At the moment I knew so little of the university system in which I was to have a temporary status that I was unaware of my ignorance.

One of my first calls in Paris began to enlighten me. A professor of the Sorbonne, who had sent me friendly word of when I might find him at home, phrased his welcome in terms which meant more than I quite understood at first; for he addressed me as "cher collègue," thus assuring me that, for the while, I was his academic equal. Something of what this involved, concerning the dignity and the responsibility of . . .

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