Oral Histories

Interview of Richard Byrne

Project India: The Early Years
Project India
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA History: Events and Projects
Brownstein, Bettina Ellen
Byrne, Richard
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This is a series of interviews with former UCLA students who participated in Project India, a program founded by Adaline Guenther, executive secretary of the University Religious Conference. Operating at the height of the Cold War, Project India was a cultural exchange program in which UCLA students toured India, speaking to Indian students and attempting to familiarize them with American life and the benefits of democracy.
Original involvement with University Religious Conference and Project India; Purpose of Project India and the political context; Ethnic, religious, and racial composition of Project Indians; Changes in Project India’s operation from 1953 to 1957; Relations with Adaline Guenther; Experiences as advisor in 1957; Adjustment of Project India members to conditions in India; First impressions on Indian students and educational system; Project team’s attempt to deal with culture shock; Effect of Project India experience on R. Byrne’s personal philosophy.