Seeking the North Star: Selected Speeches

Seeking the North Star: Selected Speeches

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by John R. Silber

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When Silber was appointed president of Boston University, it was a "streetcar college," parochial and overshadowed by other, more elite colleges that also sat upon the Charles River. That Silber transformed Boston University into the world-class research university it is today is only further testament to the steadfastness and vision on display in this collection of speeches spanning the years 1971 to 2012. Blessed with a rigorous mind and a strong sense of his place within history, Silber speaks on many of the formative issues and events of the latter half of the 20th century: the student movements, civil rights, Watergate, deconstructionism, liberalism, and educational reform. A Kantian philosopher before he turned to administrative work, Silber was, as Tom Wolfe describes him in his kinetic foreword, a "Stoic who would not assent to what was false and refused to flatter or bleach words." Making as many enemies as he did allies, Silber cut a bold path through his tenure at B.U. and beyond, returning time and again to a fundamental belief that education and traditional family values form the cornerstones of a healthy society. Though his thoughts seem outdated at times, Silber nevertheless comes across as a man of integrity and unwavering principle. (Oct.)

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Seeking the North Star: Selected Speeches 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Joseph Mercurio More than 1 year ago
This is a one of a kind individual who has important things to say about principles and subjects that we must consider seriously if we are to continue to evolve as an informed fair and equitable society.