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50 years ago

Names in the news

The front page of the Feb. 16, 1962, Spectrum announces upcoming visits to UB by Henry Kissinger and Barry Goldwater. Photo: UB ARCHIVES

Published: May 17, 2012

The Feb. 16, 1962, issue of UB’s Spectrum student newspaper included front-page headlines that announced visits to UB by two prominent Cold War-era political figures. UB’s Student Senate Convocations Committee had invited Henry A. Kissinger to speak to students, faculty and staff on the topic of “American Policy and Disarmament,” and during that same week, Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona visited UB to address a convocation in Clark Gym.

At the time, Kissinger was a member of the faculty at Harvard University, where he served as executive director of the Harvard International Seminar and associate director of the Harvard Center for International Affairs. In his address to an audience in Norton Hall on Feb. 23, Kissinger outlined a strategy that included provisions for arms control, noting that “if disarmament is to proceed at all, it must proceed in tactically planned stages.”

A large crowd filled Clark Gym on Feb. 19 to hear Goldwater discuss his views on such issues as medical care for the aged under Social Security, a minimum wage, civil rights legislation, right wing extremists and union bosses. Half a century later, many of these issues remain in the headlines as voters prepare for the 2012 elections.

Digitization of the Spectrum and other UB student publications from decades past is part of the University Libraries continuing commitment to provide online access to the Libraries’ noteworthy collections. The Libraries’ Digital Collections website currently includes the UB student publications The Opinion, 1949-1987; The Spectrum, 1950-1962; UB Black Student Union Periodicals; and UB Student Newspapers, 1921-1950.

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Kathleen Quinlivan, University Libraries