Teachers College has always devoted attention to intercultural relations, and the current demand for better understanding of the cultures of the South American Republics is not something that has to be cultivated anew. Among the many thousands of students from foreign countries there have been several hundreds from all parts of South America. When the International Institute was organized the late Professor Lester M. Wilson was appointed as a member because of his many years of experience in Peru. In 1925-1926 Professor I. L. Kandel spent a year in the study of education in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay, and in 1928 he spent a few months in Mexico on the invitation of the Mexican Department of Public Education; at about the same time Professor Wilson made a survey of Mexican education. Other members of the Faculty who have recently visited one or more Latin-American countries and studied their problems are Professors Jesse F. Williams, Ruth McMurry, and Goodwin Watson. From time to time various groups of Latin-American teachers have visited Teachers College, some for intensive short courses specially organized for them. Arrangements are being made for special courses during the coming academic year for teachers from Chile, Haiti, and other countries.
The interest of Teachers College in the Latin-American countries is attested by an extensive collection of books, official reports, and textbooks from them. In May, 1940, Professor Kandel was Vice-Chairman of the Educational Section of the Eighth American Scientific Congress which was held in Washington, D. C. The Educational Yearbooks of the International Institute, edited by Professor Kandel, have, since the start in 1924, contained articles written by Latin-American educators on the educational systems of their countries, while the whole volume for 1942 will be devoted to Latin-American education.
The College has thus for many years been closely in touch in many different ways with the Latin-American countries and is well equipped to meet the current demands for the further development of cultural understanding within the two parts of this Hemisphere. During the past summer session Mr. Francisco Cespedes conducted a section of the Curriculum Workshop devoted to the study of sources and materials of instruction for teachers interested in developing courses on Latin-American culture and relations in the schools of the United States.