In The Company Of Scholars

In The Company Of Scholars

by Julius G. Getman
     
 

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"I began this book to articulate my sense of disappointment and alienation from the status I had fought so hard to achieve." A remarkable admission from an alumnus of Harvard Law School who has held tenured professorships in the law schools of Yale and Stanford and has taught in the law schools of Harvard and Chicago.

In this personal reflection on the status of

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"I began this book to articulate my sense of disappointment and alienation from the status I had fought so hard to achieve." A remarkable admission from an alumnus of Harvard Law School who has held tenured professorships in the law schools of Yale and Stanford and has taught in the law schools of Harvard and Chicago.

In this personal reflection on the status of higher education, Julius Getman probes the tensions between status and meaning, elitism and egalitarianism, that challenge the academy and academics today. He shows how higher education creates a shared intellectual community among people of varied races and classes &#151 while simultaneously dividing people on the basis of education and status.

In the course of his explorations, Getman touches on many of the most current issues in higher education today, including the conflict between teaching and research, challenges to academic freedom, the struggle over multiculturalism, and the impact of minority and feminist activism. Getman presents these issues through relevant, often humorous anecdotes, using his own and others' experiences in coping with the constantly changing academic landscape.

Written from a liberal perspective, the book offers another side of the story told in such works as Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind and Roger Kimball's Tenured Radicals.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
His tone is dignified, but Getman--a University of Texas law professor and a former president of the American Association of University Professors--gets down in the dirt for this disquisition on our halls of ivy. Many academics are sneering, posturing, mind-wandering, lazy, turf-fighting snobs and liars, he avers, naming names while making confessions of his own. With this assortment of pensees, anecdotes and memories of his efforts as labor negotiator of academic disputes, Getman claims a loftier goal than expose. He intends to reveal how elitism and teaching in higher education are competing impulses--which he does make clear, though with some meanderings off course. Interviews with other academics illustrate his observation that the term ``academic community'' is a misnomer, with Stanford University appearing as a place of feverish scholarly territoriality. Getman cunningly skewers academic snobbery and pretense, but he offers few suggestions for reform. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Getman's analysis of academia is more of a personal probe into his own career, both as legal scholar and teacher. Nevertheless, he manages to juxtapose a lively discussion of topics clearly at the forefront of today's debate. Drawing on his own experiences at Indiana University, Harvard, and Yale, the often disgruntled author analyzes graduate school education, research and scholarship, academic freedom, and, of course, feminists and minorities. One theme that Getman stresses is egalitarianism vs. elitism. This theme is explored from many vantage points and is perhaps the most valuable aspect of this otherwise personal account of the failure of higher education. People in academia will nod their heads in agreement, but Getman offers nothing new to an already familiar territory.-- Nancy E. Zuwiyya, Binghamton City Sch. Dist., N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292735668
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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