Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

American Foundation for Continuing Education

According to the Syracuse University Library, which holds the papers of the American Foundation for Continuing Education:

Beginning in 1947 as the American Foundation for Political Education, this organization developed liberal education materials for study-discussion programs focused on politics, law, and international affairs; helped organizations, agencies, and institutions through consultation, program development, and leadership training; and prepared special materials on liberal arts and politics for business and industry ….  The Foundation ended most of its activities other than publications and revisions in 1965.

The Foundation funded a series of “case studies” on American politics, which were edited by Robert A. Goldwin.   It was an interesting idea — use engaging short fictional stories to educate individuals about complex political problems.  Two examples of these didactic short stories are:

Edward C. Banfield, “Growing Problem,” (Chicago, IL: American Foundation for Continuing Education, 1959).

Edward C. Banfield, “The Case of the Blighted City,” (Chicago, IL: American Foundation for Continuing Education, 1959).

Source: Syracuse University Library, American Foundation for Continuing Education Records.

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