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|Size||3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2500 items)|
|Abstract||The Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense was established in 1972 after an ad hoc committee recommended that the university's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs be integrated into the academic process. The Curriculum was created to administer the ROTC programs and to plan and oversee the courses that would be taught under them. Correspondence and other files relating to the administration of and courses taught in the Curriculum for Peace, War and Defense. There is much material on course development; the scheduling of special speakers, lectures and seminars; and negotiations with the U.S. Navy and Air Force on officer-training requirements.|
|Creator||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense.|
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On 19 April 1969, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences appointed an ad hoc committee of the college's Administrative Board to study the current status of and to make recommendations for changing the administration of the campus Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs. The committee's report, known as the Taylor Report, was dated 18 December 1969. It reviewed the histories of the Naval (established in 1940) and the Air Force (established in 1947) ROTC programs at the university and recommended that these programs be fully integrated into the campus academic process. To accomplish this goal, the committee advocated that the ROTC programs be organized under a new Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. The curriculum's director, assisted by an advisory committee, was to oversee course revisions and the appointment of teaching personnel to assure compliance with the ad hoc committee's recommendations.
On 9 April 1970, the Faculty Council adopted the Taylor Report and stipulated that the new curriculum should be instituted by the fall semester of 1971. Due to protracted negotiations with the Air Force over approval of the required course revisions, appointment of the curriculum director and initiation of the new curriculum were delayed. Agreement with the Air Force was finally achieved early in December 1971, and on 1 July 1972, Samuel R. Williamson was appointed Director of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense.Back to Top
Records of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense relate to the development of its academic program and to its incorporation into the university's academic program. There is much material on course development; the scheduling of special speakers, lectures and seminars; and negotiations with Navy and Air Force personnel on the officer-training requirements of the services. The records are especially valuable for their reflection of the campus mood during the Vietnam War years.Back to Top
The files in this series relate to overall administration of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. Records of Advisory Committee actions, correspondence and negotiations with the Navy and Air Force on the assignment of personnel and the approval of new contracts, as well as correspondence with and reports to campus administrators, will be found in this series.
Series 2 consists of records documenting the programs, seminars and speakers sponsored by the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. The following list provides the name of the Program/Speaker, the date, and in parentheses when available, the title of the lecture.
Series 3 contains files on the development of specific courses in the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. The information in this series relates to specific courses, not to the general development of a curriculum. For more general information, see Advisory Committee on Curriculum in Series 1.
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