Before coming to Chautauqua to help George Vincent in presiding over the Institution, Arthur Bestor Jr. had studied at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wis., and graduated from University of Chicago in 1901. According to Theodore Morrison’s book, Chautauqua: A Center for Education, Religion, and the Arts in America, Bestor had taught history and political science at Franklin College in Indiana and lectured on political science in the University Extension Division, established by William Rainey Harper. He came to Chautauqua in 1905.
A decade later, in the summer of 1915, the Great War was a year into its duration. In 1914, a symposium had been hastily arranged to give various perspectives on the brewing conflict: German, English and French. In the 1915 Season, The Chautauquan Daily communicated various perspectives on war, but that summer they were framed from a particularly Chautauqua point of view.