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Daily Worker
December 19, 1947, p.3

1,300 Crowd NYU Building To Hear Fast

By Gerald Cook

Thirteen hundred students jammed New York University's School of Education building yesterday to hear novelist Howard Fast. While 500 crowded the small auditorium 800 more lined up around the building for the meeting's second shift.
Fast, who was banned from speaking on the campuses of Columbia University, Brooklyn and City Colleges, denounced the Un-American Committee members as "nine men who represent the higher stages of barbarism."
Sharing the platform with the anti-fascist writer at the Young Progressive Citizens' rally was NYU's Professor Lyman Bradley who was demoted as head of Washington Square College's German Department for defying the activities of the Un-Americans.
Both Fast and Bradley were convicted on charges of contempt for refusing to turn over to the Thomas Committee the records of the Joint Anti-fascist Refugee Committee.


Fast congratulated the administration of NYU for its "splendid and unique attitude" in allowing students to hear speakers of their choice.

"Dean Pollock, in permitting this rally on the campus," he said, "has struck a blow for educational freedom."
He characterized the action of the heads of CCNY, Brooklyn and Columbia as a craven attempt to stave off an Un-American Committee probe of their campuses. Their action, he said, was "an endorsement of the black ignorance of fascism."
Fast described the Un-American Committee as "nine men who set up their own definition of what is un-American." By banning speakers not approved by these men, he said, the university heads were accepting and extending the Un-American principle.


"They are scared to death of what the Un-Americans will do to the universities," he declared, "precisely because they don't know what will be un-American tomorrow."
Professor Bradley told the students that he and Fast were "in contempt" because "we refused to turn the Spanish refugees over to the tender mercies of the Un-American Committee." He recalled speaking on the same platform a decade ago to aid the Spanish people's fight against fascism.

"I have not changed," he stated, "but my colleagues on the faculty who spoke with me then, where are they today?"
Both sessions of the rally passed a resolution condemning the Thomas Committee and urging all college administrations and student bodies to unite to defend academic freedom.