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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 24, No. 15. 1961.

Congress 1962 — Distinguished Panel of Speakers

Congress 1962

Distinguished Panel of Speakers

Congress is, as Sir George Currie pointed out at an opening session a few years ago, the only place where staff and students can mix academically and socially for a whole week and really get to know one another. Curious Cove, cut off from " civilisation," offers the ideal spot for this inter-mingling of lecturers and lectured. It should be the aim of every student in New Zealand to attend Congress at least once in his or her student lifetime. If they attend once, they will want to come again.

An argument at 2a.m. with the Catholic Chaplain on Papal Infallibility; a game of volley-ball at 5 a.m.; the sunrise from the top of the mountain behind the Cove; catching the twentieth fish in the harbour; frying mussels and dissecting Socialism at 3 a.m. on the beach; a pyjama party in Cabin 30f (the record is 35); water-skiing on the harbour and watching the lecturer of the previous evening fall off three times in a row; arguing to a late hour on topics indistinguishable—all these and more, if read by ex-Congressites, will conjure up many happy memories.

Every notable New Zealand figure has been invited to Congress — many have come more than once in the past 13 years. This, the 14th Congress, will see a distinguished panel of speakers from four vital sections of literate New Zealanders — the University naturally enough, the arts, the Public Service and Government, and the Trade Union Movement. Chairman for 1962 Congress will be an Aucklander, Mr. R. M. Chapman, a senior lecturer in History at the University of Auckland. His topic will be "New Zealand Politics, 1945-65", and in addition he will have the rather onerous and at times very difficult job of chairing other speakers and stopping certain well known students from having more than three questions every ten minutes. Other speakers who have at this time (early September) already indicated their willingness to speak include: Professor S. Musgrove (English Professor at Auckland)—speaking on contemporary American drama; Mr. W. Rosenberg (in the Economics Department at Canterbury University) — speaking on "The Dangers of Being an Economist"; Professor P. Munz (from Victoria)—speaking on "Ethics, Metaphysics, and Mythology"; Mr. M. H. Briggs (from Victoria)—speaking on "The Origins of Life—on this and other planets." It is also hoped to hear the recently appointed United States Ambassador; Dr. G. H. Satchell from Otago University; Dr. W. B. Sutch; Mr. C. McCahon, the New Zealand artist; and Mr. E. Isbey, Trade Unionist. The afternoons are left completely free for sun-bathing, swimming, table-tennis, tramping, cruising, yachting, volley-ball, and of course sleeping. Sleeping because after the evening address, there comes a film (this year it is hoped to have "The Red Balloon", "Touch of Evil", 'Wages of Fear", "The Man Who Watched Trains Go By" among others; or a dance, and then the parties which last until . . . well come down and see for yourself.

Come to Congress in 1962—it will do you the "power of good." The applicatin forms will be on hand shortly in your local Association's Office. Enrol early and the week from 26th January to 2 February, 1962, will be remembered by you for the rest of your life. For £9 it is an all-inclusive holiday. My final point — if you need convincing any further, just ask any ex-Congressite — you will get no better recommendation to come.

Jonathan Hunt,

Congress Controller, 1962.