THE KISTIAKOWSKY AFFAIR by Alan Brody

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George Kistiakowski was a professor of Physics at Harvard. For much of his tenure at Harvard he was embattled because of the university’s admission policies that seemed to allow only entitled students from specific elite private schools and legacies, students who had no interest in science and no interest in any serious academic study but had the right credentials to graduate as “Harvard Gentlemen” who would fill the most powerful positions in the country’s government and business enterprises, but Kistiakowsky discovers Harvard’s policy of setting a quota on Jewish admissions.

The action of the play follows Kistiakowski’s struggle to repeal the quota and open admissions to a very different kind of undergraduate. It also covers his appearance before the House Unamerican Activites Committee.

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McGeorge (“Mac”) Bundy, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard College – early forties.

George Kistiakowsky, Professor of Physical Chemistry, Harvard University – early fifties

Travis Tyler, a Harvard undergraduate – 20

Vera Kistiakowsky, George’s daughter – late twenties

Joel Rosenstein, A high school senior – 17

Wilbur Bender, Dean Admissions, Harvard College – early forties

Jotham Rogers, Harvard alumnus and businessman – fifties or sixties

 

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Approximately 90 minutes

 

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