International College, Los Angeles

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International College was founded in Los Angeles in 1970. Its motto was In Vestigiis Institutorum Antiquorum. The College operated under authorization granted by the California State Department of Education.

During the 1980s its president was Linden G. Leavitt. The College was located at 1019 Gayley Avenue in Los Angeles.

As its motto indicated, the college followed the methods of the first universities, where students were paired with outstanding tutors. Students could earn credit studying at different universities before completing their dissertation. Many of the works of its students were published by the College under the imprint Guild of Tutors Press.

In the area of economics, the late Dr. Hans F. Sennholz was one of the tutors who participated over many years, graduatiing students of renown in the field of economic education and public policy. One example is Alejandro Chafuen, president and CEO of Atlas Economic Research Foundation since 1991 and president and founder of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research. Another is Juan Carlos Cachanosky, a renowned professor in Argentina and Guatemala.

Also in the field of economics, Robert L. Bradley, Jr., founder of the Institute for Energy Research received his degree from leading libertarian theorist Murray N. Rothbard.

The college had a worldwide faculty of tutors in other areas as well, such as: Leonard Bernstein in music; Anaïs Nin in writing; Buckminster Fuller in Design Science; Yehudi Menuhin in Music; Kenneth Rexroth in Poetry; Sulvain Auroux in the Philosophy of Science; Linguistics, and Philosophy; Dr. Arthur Lerner in Poetry Therapy; Lehman Engel in Musical Theory; Dr. Norman Feingold in Counseling Psychology; Dr. Anne de Vore in Transpersonal Psychology; Dr. Nick Warren in Physics; Dr. Melinda Lorenz in Art History; Dr. Bruce Weber in Biochemistry; Dr. Peter Warshall in Natural History; Dr. Edward de Bono in Education and Psychology; Dr. John Seeley in Behavioral Science; Dr. Russell Lockhart in The Analytical and Archetypal Psychology of C.G.Jung; Dr. Hal Stone in Clinical Psychology; and Dr. Frederick Burwick in Literature and the Natural Sciences. Almost 40 colleges and universities, including Harvard, accepted and recognized International College degrees.

Operating in the pre-internet period, the college had a business model that was ahead of its time. It ceased operations in 1986. International College, Los Angeles, is also associated with William Lyon University. When International College, Los Angeles went out of business in the mid-1980s, its students were transferred to William Lyon University.[3]


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