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Institute For Humanistic Studies Records

1977-1980

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Abstract

Faced with major cutbacks in support for the Humanities in the mid-1970s, the Institute for Humanistic Studies was created to stimulate research and critical thinking in the Humanities on the State University of New York at Albany campus.

Summary

Creator:
State University of New York at Albany. Institute For Humanistic Studies
Date Coverage:
1977-1980
Quantity:
3.33 cubic ft. (about 3.33 boxes)

The Institute for Humanistic Studies was founded in 1977 by Professors M.E. Grenander (Director, 1977-80), and Hugh Maclean (Deputy Director, 1977-?), "to serve as an organizational umbrella under which both mature and promising scholar-teachers can conduct humanistic research and scholarship at relatively advanced levels...." and also "to provide leadership for humanistic disciplines, and to serve as a platform for cooperation with other departments and schools at SUNYA that may an interface with the humanities."[1] The Institute consisted of a group of thirty State University at Albany faculty Fellows, experienced research scholars who achieved eminence in such fields as literature, philosophy, history, sociology, political science, economics, urban affairs, criminal justice, and anthropology. They were selected each year by a nation-wide Distinguished Advisory Council of ten members, who collaborated with Grenander and Maclean, "in developing plans for establishing the Institute at SUNYA"[2].

In the adverse fiscal climate of the middle and late 1970's, the Institute was created to encourage mutually supportive humanistic research and to make it available in many forms to a broad audience. This concept was facilitated by the Institute through sponsorship of events, such as, monthly luncheons at which faculty fellows presented papers and discussed their research interests, and conferences (local and international) on such topics as the humanities and solar energy, the humanities and computers, libertarian humanism and the philosophical idea of "representation". The Institute also participated in a college lecture series, "The Idea of a University--Revisited", fall 1977, and in the planning of a lecture series of 14 dates titled, "Thantos: Perspectives on Dying", to be held at the Empire State Plaza in the fall of 1979 and the winter of 1980. The lecture series was cancelled due to administrative difficulties, and it is unclear whether the series was ever presented. The Institute also published a newsletter, The Conjugator, three times annually from 1978-1980, and proceeding of the three conferences it sponsored.

The centerpiece of Institute activities was its sponsorship of a series of conferences in the late 1970's. The Institute's first conference "HELIOS: From Myth to Solar Energy" was held March 16-18, 1978, investigated "man's age long interest in and dependence on the sun, examined from a humanistic perspective and culminating today in his adaptation of solar energy."[3] The second conference, "APOLLO AGONISTES: The Humanities in a Computerized World," held April 19-21, 1979, attempted to demonstrate "that the computer can not only help the humanist to solve those of his problems which depend on vast, accurate memory and extraordinarily rapid calculations, it also demonstrates that whatever answers it gives the humanist, they are never final."[4] The third conference, "ASCLEPIUS AT SYRACUSE; Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist," held April 17-19, 1980, brought together speakers from United States, Canada, and England to analyze Szasz's writings. The speakers used history and literature to "examine his perspective on culturally determined institutions for oppression," giving particular emphasis to Szasz's "role in the development of changing attitudes toward social and legal controls vs. civil rights.[5]

After the resignation of M.E. Granander in 1980 the Institute appeared to play a less active role, but continued to be listed in the University phone directory as a unit of College of Humanities and Fine Arts until the fall of 1985. Members of the Institute were consulted in the development of the Doctor of Arts in Humanities Program in 1982.[6] Martin Kane was listed as Director of the Institute from 1980-82. Berel Lang, the head of the Doctor of Arts Program in the Humanities was listed as the prospective leader of the institute in 1983.[7]

[1] Accent on Research, October, 1977, pg. 2-3.[2] Accent on Research, October 1977, pg. 2-3.[3] Proposal letter from M.E. Grenander, October 5, 1977.[4] Proceedings - APOLLO AGONISTES: The Humanities in a Computerized World, 1979, p. xx.[5] Proceedings - ASCLEPIUS AT SYRACUSE: Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist, 1980, p xvi[6] College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Five Year Plan, January 1982, p. 21. Office of President Records, Box 80.[7] College of Humanities and Fine Arts Five Year Update, June 1983, p. 5. Office of President Records, Box 80.

The records of the Institute were kept by Dr. M.E. Grenander, first director of the Institute for Humanistic Studies from its founding in 1977 until her resignation in 1980. They document the conferences and meetings held by the Institute. Specifically, these files contain administrative records related to the creation, funding, and programs of the Institute; M.E. Grenander's correspondence with conference participants regarding proposal for presentations; draft program proposals and accepted papers for each conferences; published conference verbatim conference proceedings including: HELIOS: From Myth to Solar Energy, 1978; APOLLO AGONISTES: The Humanities in a Computerized World, 1979; and AESCLEPIUS AT SYRACUSE: Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist, 1980; and The Conjugator, 1978-80, a periodic newsletter of the Institute. Also included in the files are copies of newspaper articles about the conferences, photographs taken at each conference, and scrapbooks of the three conferences as kept by M.E. Grenander.

The collection has four series, arranged alphabetically.

These records were donated to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, University Libraries by M.E. Grenander, Director of the Institute for Humanistic Studies.

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Institute For Humanistic Studies Records, 1977-1980. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Institute For Humanistic Studies Records).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft. (about 0.5 boxes)

Arranged alphabetically.

Contains correspondence, publicity, grant requests relating to the founding, financing, and running of the Institute, and each individual conference organized by the Institute. Includes correspondence with the national Board of Overseers, and lists of Institute faculty fellows.

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11Director's Administrative CorrespondenceUndated

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12Additional Funding Sources1975-1978

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13Apollo Agonistes: Rockefeller Foundation --A/L 320-903-A1977-1978

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14Annual Report1977-1978

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15Annual Report1978-1979

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16CEAA Subvention-- National Endowment/Humanities1974-1976

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17Commission on the Humanities1979-1980

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18Department Chairmen1976-1978

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19Four Interdisciplinary Books-- National Endowment For the Humanities1979-1980

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110Grant Requests: Psychiatry Szasz1975-1977

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111Humanities Commission Review1980

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112"The Idea of a University- Revisited"- Flyers1977-1978

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113Info. For Brochure Charge1977

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114National Endowment for the Humanities1976 March-1979 August

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115New York Council for the Humanities1975-1981

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116President's Office1975-1977

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117President Vincent O'Leary1978-1980

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118Programs/Other Conferences1977-1978

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119Publicity1978 May 10

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120Requests for Information about HIS1978-1985

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121Rockefeller Foundation1976-1977

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122Spencer Foundation1975-1977

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123SUNY Central1977-1978

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124SUNYA Administration1975-1978

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125SUNYA Bibliography1975 November 25

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126Theoretical Studies1976
Quantity: 1.5 cubic ft. (about 1.5 boxes)

Arranged chronologically by conference date and alphabetically thereunder.

Contains correspondence with potential speakers, funding and annual financial reports, brochures, newspaper and journal clippings relating to three international conferences: "Helios: From Myth to Solar Energy," 16-18 March, 1978; "Apollo Agonistes: The Humanities in a Computerized World," 19-21 April, 1979; "Asclepius at Syracuse: Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist," 17-19 April, 1980. Also includes correspondence and program related material for a planned local lecture series of 14 dates titled, "Thanatos: Perspectives on Death," which was to be held from the fall of 1979 through the winter of 1980. The Conference was never held.

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127Council1977

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128Andrews, John Frank1976-1979

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129Arnstein, Walter1976-1978

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130Boyd, William1976-1980

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131Goffman, Erring1976-1982

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132Hague, John A.1976-1980

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133Harris, Neil1976-1979

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134Holman, C. Hugh1976-1980

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135Lewalski, Barbara K.1976-1980

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136Rosenblum, Victor1976-1978

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137Taylor, Joshua C.1976-1981

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138Denmark1977-1979

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139France1977

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140Germany1977

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141Sweden, Lund University1977

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142Sweden, Uppsala1977

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143U.S.S.R., Moscow1978-1980

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144USSR; Tbilisi in Georgia Kakabaze Art Museum1977

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145Atmospheric Sciences Research Center1977-1978

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146Grant Requests and Reports New York Council for the Humanities1977-1978

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147Helios Proceedings--Volume One Publication Unbound1978 March 16-1978 March 18

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148Helios Proceedings--Volume Two Publication Unbound1978 March 16-1978 March 18

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149Info. For Fellows & Contributors1978

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150Program1978

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151Public Relations/Press1978-1980

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152Publications/Abstracts1978

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153Solar Energy Project: Energy, Society, and the Sun1978

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154Solar Energy Project: Sunschooling1978

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155Solar Energy Project: Sunstory1978

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156Solar Energy Project:Sunworks1978

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157Correspondence A-B1977-1980

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158Correspondence C-E1977-1980

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160Correspondence H-K1977-1979

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21Correspondence L-M1977-1981

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25Correspondence T1977-1978

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26Correspondence U-Z1977-1979

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27Misc. Correspondence N-Z1978

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28Clippings I1978-1982

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29Clippings II

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210Foreign Speakers (Non-participants)1978

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211Grant/Funding Correspondence & Information1977-1979

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212Humanities Studies-Institute1977-1982

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213Interest Letters1978-1979

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214National Endowment for the Humanities--Apollo Agonistes Grant Proposal1978-1979

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215Proceedings Apollo Agonistes: The Humanities in a Computerized World Vol.21979 April 19-1979 April 21

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216Proceedings Requests1979

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217Program and Conference Info.1979

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218Public Relations1978-1980

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219Speakers,--yes Kiasashuili, Nico1978-1986

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220Speakers,--yes Utas, Bo1978-1980

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221Apollo Agonistes CorrespondenceUndated

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222Correspondence A-B1978-1980

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223Correspondence C-E1978-1979

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224Correspondence F-G1978-1984

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225Correspondence H-K1978-1980

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226Correspondence L-M1978-1982

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227Correspondence N-Q1978-1981

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230Correspondence T1978-1979

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231Correspondence U-Z1978-1980
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft. (about 0.5 boxes)

Arranged by series publication.

Includes The Conjugator: Vol. I, No. 1-3, 1977-78; Vol. II, No .1-3, 1978-79; Vol. III, No. 1-3, 1979-80, the Institute newsletter, and published conference proceedings: Helios: From Myth to Solar Energy, Vol. I & II, 16-18 March, 1978; Apollo Agonistes: The Humanities in a Computerized World, Vol. I & II, 19-21 April, 1979; Asclepius at Syracuse: Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist, Vol. I & II, 17-19 April, 1980.

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31Conversations in the Discipline1979-1980

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32Koch Foundation1979-1981

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33Liberty Fund/Indianapolis1979-1981

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34National Endowment for the Humanities1971-1980

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35The New York Council for the Humanities1979

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36The New York State of Mental Health1979-1981

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37Public Relations1979-1981

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38Program1979-1980

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39SUNY Alliance1980

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310Symposium Banquet1980 May 9

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311Correspondence A-G1979-1980

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312Correspondence H-O1979-1980

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313Correspondence P-R1980-1981

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314Correspondence S-Z1979-1986

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315Correspondence1978-1980

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316The Conjugator Vols. 1-31977-1978, 1979-1980

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317Proceedings Helios: From Myth to Solar Energy Vol. 11978 March 16-1978 March 18

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318Proceedings Helios: From Myth to Solar Energy Vol. 21978 March 16-1978 March 18

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319Proceedings Helios: From Myth to Solar Energy Vol. 21978 March 16-1978 March 18

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320Proceedings Apollo Agonistes: The Humanities in a Computerized World Vol.11979 April 19-1979 April 21

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321Proceedings Asclepius at Syracuse: Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist Vol.11980 April 17-1980 April 19

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322Proceedings Asclepius at Syracuse: Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist Vol.11980 April 17-1980 April 19

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323Proceedings Asclepius at Syracuse: Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist Vol.21980 April 17-1980 April 19

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324Proceedings Asclepius at Syracuse: Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist Vol.21980 April 17-1980 April 19

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325Apollo Proceedings--Volume Two Publication Unbound1979 April 19-1979 April 21

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326Proceedings Apollo Agonistes: The Humanities in a Computerized World Vol.21979 April 19-1979 April 21

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327Institute Scrapbook1977-1978

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328Institute Scrapbook1978-1979

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329Institute Scrapbook1979-1980

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330Asclepius at Syracuse: Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist1990 April 17-1990 April 19

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331Apollo Agonistes Conference1979 April 19-1979 April 21
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft. (about 0.5 boxes)

Arranged by conference.

Contains brochures, The Conjugator, flyers, photographs, and articles relating to the institute's three conferences: "Helios: From Myth to Solar Energy", 16-18 March, 1978; "Apollo Agonistes: The Humanities in a Computerized World", 19-21 April, 1979; "Asclepius at Syracuse: Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist", 17-19 April, 1980. There are four scrapbooks in all, one for each individual conference, and the last one contains material on all three conferences.

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41Flyers1978-1980

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42"Helios: From Myth to Solar Energy" Vol.1 Proceedings 16-18 March 19781978 April 16-1978 April 18

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43"Helios: From Myth to Solar Energy" Vol.2 Proceedings 16-18 March 19781978 April 16-1978 April 18

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44"Apollo Agonistea: The Humanities Vol.2 in a Computerized World"1979

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45"Asclepius at Syracuse: Vol.1 Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist" Proceedings 17-19 April 19801980

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46"Asclepius at Syracuse: Vol.2 Thomas Szasz, Libertarian Humanist" Proceedings 17-19 April 19801980