By Torsten Husen
In those memoirs, Torsten Husen, Professor Emeritus of schooling on the college of Stockholm, conveys a desirable photograph of the educational international from the l940s onwards and of the extreme advancements in schooling and psychology. Professor Husen is an the world over said professional on university affairs. because the first holder of the Chair of academic study on the Stockholm university of schooling, he grew to become deeply interested in coverage learn tied to the varsity reforms and his study and writing have without delay affected the global debate at the constitution and content material of secondary and top secondary education. He used to be a founder member of the foreign organization for the evaluate of academic success (IEA) and as Chairman of the Board of the overseas Institute for schooling making plans (IIEP) in Paris he grew to become more and more fascinated with academic difficulties within the constructing international locations. this is often an account of a amazing guy whose commitment to analyze into academic difficulties world wide might be an thought to others
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Lombroso maintained that criminality could be correlated with atavistic elements in a person's features, characteristics with which Strindberg richly endowed his gypsy manager. When Strindberg's alter ego, the Aryan "Superman" Dr Törner, destroys the "gypsy" pariah towards the end of the book, he uses a magic lantern to project pictures into the evening mist, pictures which through their power of suggestion make the gypsy behave like a dog. I found that Strindberg had lifted the description of this from Bernheim's De la suggestion, which he also had among his possessions at the time of writing The Stronger and The Battle of the Brains.
A friend of Cederblad's tried to console me by saying that my thesis had given him something on which to lay the blame for his own unfinished book. Since then I have come to understand better the disappointment Cederblad must have felt when an immature and brash young person had produced in a short and uninterrupted period of activity what he, as an older man dividing his time among many duties, not least as a teacher in adult education, had not managed to concentrate on and complete. I wrote him a friendly reply, in which I tried to explain that the last thing I had wanted was to get in the way of a person as generous as he.
To some extent he was an outsider in Lund, the parochialism of which gave rise to the appellation of "academic village". He was not particularly sociable, and suffered agonies when he had to perform before any group of people, and therefore almost never took part in academic ceremonies. For some reason I happened to be in Lund once in the late forties at the end of May on the very day the doctoral awards ceremony was taking place. As I passed the building of the Academic Society, I saw Olle Holmberg, formally dressed, with his wife Maj, getting out of a car and making his way to the Cathedral, where the ceremony was to take place.