Students gather near the Huron River in 1957. (Photo courtesy of Bentley Historical Library)

This month in history (48 years ago)

“I think that people can be won by argument,” economist John Kenneth Galbraith said during his commencement address at U-M, April 30 1966. “The persuasive value of a picket line, the field of labor relations apart, is I am convinced very, very slight. It is better I would suggest to have one intelligent and sympathetic senator in Washington than a thousand marchers trying to persuade two hostile ones to their duty. To identify one’s self dramatically with an idea is not to serve it. That is because of the difference between catharsis and influence.”

— Bentley Historical Library