From an article in The Economist (Dec. 5-11):
Long before Mr. Reagan and Mr. Gorbachev arranged their Washington summit, Dr. Jean Mayer, the president of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, was at work on an idea: to organize universities around the world to commit themselves to a common "peace" curriculum, the model for which will be worked out in a joint American-Soviet, satellite-linked course on arms control that is due to begin in February. In other words, educate the young to achieve peace.
The course, which will link Tufts with Moscow State University, is unprecedented. It will include four two-hour simultaneous classes in Medford and Moscow, joined up by live television. At Tufts, about 350 students will take the course. Moscow is planning for twice that number, half of whom will be doctors and scientists. Discussion, however, will be mainly between panelists, moderated in Medford by an historian, Mr. Martin Sherwin, and in Moscow by a physicist, Mr. Evgeny Velikhov, who was in charge of cleaning up Chernobyl. These men are immediately responsible for shaping the course.
. . . The project has its detractors, who say that the scheme suggests collaboration between equally free classrooms and conveys the message that mistrust of the Russians is generally misplaced. On one side, they say, will sit uninhibited academics, most of them critical of their government; on the other, government agents. (Mr. Velikhov is a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.)
. . . Dr. Mayer is not worried. He believes that Mr. Velikhov, a reformer within his party, is "a man who says what he wants to say."