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One Hundred Semesters: My Adventures as Student, Professor, and University President, and What I Learned along the Way
     

One Hundred Semesters: My Adventures as Student, Professor, and University President, and What I Learned along the Way

by William M. Chace
 

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ISBN-10: 0691127255

ISBN-13: 9780691127255

Pub. Date: 07/31/2006

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In One Hundred Semesters, William Chace mixes incisive analysis with memoir to create an illuminating picture of the evolution of American higher education over the past half century. Chace follows his own journey from undergraduate education at Haverford College to teaching at Stillman, a traditionally African-American college in Alabama, in the 1960s, to his

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In One Hundred Semesters, William Chace mixes incisive analysis with memoir to create an illuminating picture of the evolution of American higher education over the past half century. Chace follows his own journey from undergraduate education at Haverford College to teaching at Stillman, a traditionally African-American college in Alabama, in the 1960s, to his days as a professor at Stanford and his appointment as president of two very different institutions—Wesleyan University and Emory University.

Chace takes us with him through his decades in education—his expulsion from college, his boredom and confusion as a graduate student during the Free Speech movement at Berkeley, and his involvement in three contentious cases at Stanford: on tenure, curriculum, and academic freedom. When readers follow Chace on his trip to jail after he joins Stillman students in a civil rights protest, it is clear that the ideas he presents are born of experience, not preached from an ivory tower.

The book brings the reader into both the classroom and the administrative office, portraying the unique importance of the former and the peculiar rituals, rewards, and difficulties of the latter.

Although Chace sees much to lament about American higher education—spiraling costs, increased consumerism, overly aggressive institutional self-promotion and marketing, the corruption of intercollegiate sports, and the melancholy state of the humanities—he finds more to praise. He points in particular to its strength and vitality, suggesting that this can be sustained if higher education remains true to its purpose: providing a humane and necessary education, inside the classroom and out, for America's future generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691127255
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2006
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: I Knew Exactly What I Was Doing 6

Chapter 2: Haverford-the Guilty Reminder 11

Chapter 3: And All Will Be Well 22

Chapter 4: The Readiness Is All 35

Chapter 5: Berkeley: Thoroughly Unready 47

Chapter 6: The Discipline of Literature 57

Chapter 7: A New Kind of Proletariat 69

Chapter 8: Going South 77

Chapter 9: Reading in Jail 88

Chapter 10: Poetry and Politics 97

Chapter 11: The Storehouse of Knowledge 110

Chapter 12: Unfolding the Origami of Teaching 121

Chapter 13: Tenure and Its Discontents 134

Chapter 14: Tenure Tested 143

Chapter 15: Teaching and Its Discontents 153

Chapter 16: The English Department in Disarray 165

Chapter 17: Why Join the Administration? 177

Chapter 18: Exchanging Reflection for Action 188

Chapter 19: Diversity University 198

Chapter 20: Marching to a Different Drummer 208

Chapter 21: The Puzzle of Leadership 222

Chapter 22: Looking at Success; Looking at Failure 240

Chapter 23: Learning and Then Leaving 252

Chapter 24: A School with Aspirations 270

Chapter 25: Being a Proprietor 287

Chapter 26: Real Power and Imaginary Power 306

Chapter 27: "A King of Infinite Space" 327
Index 339

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