May 9, 1947
The second weekend of alumnae reunions brought over 600 members of the Classes of 1915-1919 and 1934-39 back to the campus. They joined in panels and forums to discuss the responsibilities of the college woman as a citizen of her home, her community and the world. At the concluding luncheon, Vera Micheles Dean, a former trustee and the director of research for the Foreign Policy Association, spoke on “Trends in American Foreign Policy.” Focusing on the rising concern in America about a growing communist threat, Mrs. Dean declared that “fear and reaction” were not appropriate responses, and she predicted that they would not over time be successful. The United States, she said, with its strong humanitarian tradition had nevertheless failed in providing help for the 1 million people displaced in Europe. America’s postwar reach for markets rather than trade prolonged people’s misery, and conditions such as these fostered communism.
Dean urged Americans to support and strengthen those liberal forces working for progress and social reform abroad. Recognizing that “in almost every country except America, liberalism means some form of socialism,” she pointed to the socialist program in Britain as “the greatest experiment in our time.” The New York Times