Searching for Utopia

Searching for Utopia

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In Searching for Utopia, Hanna Holborn Gray reflects on the nature of the university from the perspective of todaya€™s research institutions. In particular, she examines the ideas of former University of California president Clark Kerr as expressed in The Uses of the University, written during the tumultuous 1960s. She contrasts Kerra€™s vision of the research-driven a€œmultiveristya€ with the traditional liberal educational philosophy espoused by Kerra€™s contemporary, former University of Chicago president Robert Maynard Hutchins. Graya€™s insightful analysis shows that both Kerr, widely considered a realist, and Hutchins, seen as an oppositional idealist, were utopians. She then surveys the liberal arts tradition and the current state of liberal learning in the undergraduate curriculum within research universities. As Gray reflects on major trends and debates since the 1960s, she illuminates the continuum of utopian thinking about higher education over time, revealing how it applies even in todaya€™s climate of challenge.It is not a club, it is not a trade association, it is not a lobby. Since the university is a community ... Henry Rosovsky is eloquent on this point in The University:An Ownera#39;s Manual (New York: Norton, 1990), 297a€“99. And as Louis Menand writes inanbsp;...

Title:Searching for Utopia
Author:Hanna Holborn Gray
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2012-01-25


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