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Hutchins' University
Author: William H. McNeill

ISBN: 9780226561714
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 15 October 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4 x 1.6
Description:
The inauguration of Robert Maynard Hutchins as the fifth President of the University of Chicago in 1929 coincided with a drastically changed social and economic climate throughout the world. And Hutchins himself opened an era of tumultuous reform and debate within the University. In the midst of the changes Hutchins started and the intense feelings they stirred, William H. McNeill arrived at the University to pursue his education. In "Hutchins' University" he tells what it was like to come of age as a undergraduate in those heady times.
Hutchins' scathing opposition to the departmentalization of learning and his resounding call for reforms in general education sparked controversy and fueled debate on campus and off. It became a struggle for the heart and soul of higher education--and McNeill, as a student and then as an instructor, was a participant. His account of the university's history is laced with personal reminiscences, encounters with influential fellow scholars such as Richard McKeon, R. S. Crane, and David Daiches, and details drawn from Hutchins' papers and other archives.
McNeill sketches the interplay of personalities with ch...

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