Searching for Utopia: Universities and Their Histories (The Clark Kerr Lectures On the Role of Higher Education in Society, Volume 2)

By Hanna Holborn Gray

In looking for Utopia, Hanna Holborn grey displays at the nature of the college from the point of view of today’s learn associations. specifically, she examines the tips of former college of California president Clark Kerr as expressed within the makes use of of the college, written in the course of the tumultuous Nineteen Sixties. She contrasts Kerr’s imaginative and prescient of the research-driven “multiveristy” with the normal liberal academic philosophy espoused through Kerr’s modern, former college of Chicago president Robert Maynard Hutchins. Gray’s insightful research exhibits that either Kerr, largely thought of a realist, and Hutchins, visible as an oppositional idealist, have been utopians. She then surveys the liberal arts culture and the present country of liberal studying within the undergraduate curriculum inside of learn universities. As grey displays on significant developments and debates because the Nineteen Sixties, she illuminates the continuum of utopian puzzling over larger schooling through the years, revealing the way it applies even in today’s weather of problem.

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The collage inspiration and Liberal studying three. makes use of (and Misuses) of the college this present day end Notes decide upon Bibliography PREFACE The lectures assembled during this quantity have been awarded because the Clark Kerr Lectures on larger schooling on the collage of California in fall 2009. i'm thankful to all who made my stopover at to Berkeley so attention-grabbing and lucrative, and in particular to Judson King, director of the guts for stories in larger schooling. I should still like additionally to recognize my indebtedness to William G.

Because the overdue sixties, and partially consequently of the reviews and routine that then affected larger schooling and the public's view of upper schooling, there has arisen common skepticism, and sometimes cynicism, approximately associations and their can provide. satirically the time of radical dissent and its controversies left one more and, i believe, extra troubling legacy that has now not light; particularly, an awesome of the college or university as an ideal or perfectible society exemplifying the entire virtues missing on the planet outdoor, at peace from its harmful conflicts, yet eventually a resource of social motion and reform.

For Hutchins the optionally available process championed by means of Charles William Eliot used to be the logo of upper education's fall from the grace of a required liberal curriculum incorporating a hierarchy of fact. the following the nice felony used to be Mr. Eliot, who as President of Harvard utilized his genius, ability and toughness to the duty of robbing American early life in their cultural historical past. due to the fact that he held that there have been no things like strong or undesirable matters of research, his laudable attempt to open the curriculum to solid ones certainly led him to open it to undesirable ones and eventually to spoil it altogether….

The reform of upper schooling might entail the transformation of already present schools into universities and the founding of totally new ones. The previous collegiate version was once now vigorously challenged as failing to supply actually proficient graduates, as a skinny and atrophied type of rote studying of little use, as unsuited to assembly the numerous wishes and pursuits of a brand new age, and as ludicrously unresponsive to the necessities and advancements of the modern global. The outdated humanist view of the liberal arts was once giving approach to very varied rules in their content material and academic position.

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