Former United States Ambassador to Japan Edwin O. Reischauer from Harvard University gave the Barbara Bailey Brown Lecture on "Japan and East Asia: Reflections on the Nixon-Kissinger Foreign Policy."  The son of American missionaries in Japan, Reischauer devoted much of his life, in several careers, to Japan, Asia in general and the study and improvement of relations between the two and the West.

Reischauer was founding director in 1973 of Harvard’s Japan Institute, which became on the occasion of his 75th birthday in 1985 the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.   In April 1969 he delivered the Helen Kenyon lecture at Vassar, "Japan and the Modern World," and met with student groups.

The Barbara Bailey Brown Fund, was established in 1966 by the Class of 1932 in memory of their classmate Barbara Bailey '32 in support of programs and lectures fostering international understanding.