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Letter from Charles Seymour to Clive Day, October 29, 1918.
The Inquiry Papers. Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University.

Thomas Ginakakis 09, Charles Seymour on Experts and Education

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On this half-sheet of Department of State stationery, Seymour responds to an earlier inquiry by Clive Day, chief of the Balkan division for the Inquiry, regarding the possibility of adding Robert J. Kerner, a scholar of Slavic history, to the Inquiry. Seymour, however, viewed Kerner as simply an academic - an expert who lacked proper communication and decision-making abilities. This response would not be the only time that this certain disdain and mistrust for intellectuals would be apparent in Seymour's life. While Seymour admitted that he never felt academically qualified to serve on the Inquiry, he would learn the limits of purely academic approaches to a problem from his experience there. A commission of the best and brightest scholars from around the country could not replace first-hand experience. This would later shape his view of a university's mission and the need for a practical element in university life; he would later found a Foreign Area Studies department to train students for the Foreign Service.