Eduard C. Lindeman and Social Work Philosophy by Gisela Konopka

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William A. McGraw, written during his first year in Greensboro, he told of a faculty meeting at which a group of faculty members wanted to dictate teaching methods. His opening comments were, "On an occasion like this one is tempted to say those things which are pleasing and soothing rather than those which ring true to the inner conscience. " These words, rather pompous and heavy for such an occasion, show Lindeman's discomfort when he had to contradict colleagues. In the same letter he described a discussion with his class on the question of what an industrial YMCA should do in case of a strike.

Almost from the first, he had difficulty fitting into the conservatism of a southern community. In a letter to Mrs. William A. McGraw, written during his first year in Greensboro, he told of a faculty meeting at which a group of faculty members wanted to dictate teaching methods. His opening comments were, "On an occasion like this one is tempted to say those things which are pleasing and soothing rather than those which ring true to the inner conscience. " These words, rather pompous and heavy for such an occasion, show Lindeman's discomfort when he had to contradict colleagues.

5, February 1912, p. 6. 18 The Gleaner, Vol. XVI, No. 9, June 1911, p. 9. 20 INTEREST IN COMMUNITY AND GROUP PROCESS The Community aroused a great deal of interest. One of those who read it with special attention was Mary Parker Follett, who shared Lindeman's interest in community action. They began to correspond, and eventually she met him. She was a brilliant young woman, a lecturer and writer on civic issues whose major interests were vocational guidance and civic education. During the war years she had worked in community centers in the United States and later she free-lanced, writing and lecturing.

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