Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University

Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University

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by Robert McCaughey
     
 

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Stand, Columbia! Alma Mater

Through the storms of Time abide

Stand, Columbia! Alma Mater

Through the storms of Time abide.

"Stand, Columbia!" by Gilbert Oakley Ward, Columbia College 1902 (1904)

Marking the 250th anniversary of one of America's oldest and most formidable educational institutions, this comprehensive history of Columbia University extends

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Stand, Columbia! Alma Mater

Through the storms of Time abide

Stand, Columbia! Alma Mater

Through the storms of Time abide.

"Stand, Columbia!" by Gilbert Oakley Ward, Columbia College 1902 (1904)

Marking the 250th anniversary of one of America's oldest and most formidable educational institutions, this comprehensive history of Columbia University extends from the earliest discussions in 1704 about New York City being "a fit Place for a colledge" to the recent inauguration of president Lee Bollinger, the nineteenth, on Morningside Heights. One of the original "Colonial Nine" schools, Columbia's distinctive history has been intertwined with the history of New York City. Located first in lower Manhattan, then in midtown, and now in Morningside Heights, Columbia's national and international stature have been inextricably identified with its urban setting.

Columbia was the first of America's "multiversities," moving beyond its original character as a college dedicated to undergraduate instruction to offer a comprehensive program in professional and graduate studies. Medicine, law, architecture, and journalism have all looked to the graduates and faculty of Columbia's schools to provide for their ongoing leadership and vitality. In 2003, a sampling of Columbia alumni include one member of the United States Supreme Court, three United States senators, three congressmen, three governors (New York, New Jersey, and California), a chief justice of the New York Court of Appeals, and a president of the New York City Board of Education. But it is perhaps as a contributor of ideas and voices to the broad discourse of American intellectual life that Columbia has most distinguished itself. From The Federalist Papers, written by Columbians John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, to Charles Beard's An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution and Jack Kerouac's On the Road to Edward Said's Orientalism, Columbia and its graduates have greatly influenced American intellectual and public life. Stand, Columbia also examines the experiences of immigrants, women, Jews, African Americans, and other groups as it takes critical measure of the University's efforts to become more inclusive and more reflective of the diverse city that it calls home.

Editorial Reviews

Academe - Katherine Reynolds Chaddock

fascinating stories of the past that seem eerily familiar in the present, even for those who have never set foot on the Columbia campus

Academe
fascinating stories of the past that seem eerily familiar in the present, even for those who have never set foot on the Columbia campus

— Katherine Reynolds Chaddock

Library Journal
Released in honor of Columbia University's 250th anniversary, this chronicle, though well written and thoroughly researched by McCaughey (history, Barnard Coll.), veers strongly toward "house history," i.e., the interpretation of the history of education exclusively through the lens of a single institution. While the author covers important trends in the history of higher education-e.g., the evolution of new models for institutional governance, the rise of the research university-he does so only insofar as they tell the story of Columbia. He addresses Charles William Elliot, a giant of 19th and 20th century higher education, but primarily to illuminate the work of one of his contemporaries at Columbia, Frederick A.P. Barnard. Ultimately, Columbia is praised for its every progressive inclination and forgiven for its every trespass. While this epic work will interest the alumni, parents, and friends of the university (to whom it is undoubtedly aimed), its appeal to even the student of higher education will be limited. For comprehensive academic collections and those with an interest in Columbia.-Scott Walter, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231130080
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
760
Sales rank:
349,944
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.82(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Henry F. GraffProfessor Emeritus of HistoryCol

McCaughey has assembled for the first time the elaborate mosaic that displays as it should be displayed Columbia's long and rich history. This is an incomparable account of a great institution rooted inextricably in a great city.

Roger Geiger

Histories of universities have enjoyed a renaissance of late, not just in popularity but in intellectual rigor as well. Robert McCaughey's history of Columbia University nevertheless sets a new standard for this genre. Exhaustively researched by McCaughey, with some help from his students and colleagues, it combines intellectual seriousness with wit and candor. McCaughey admirably integrates the singular history of Columbia with the evolving system of American higher education and the fascinating context of New York City. By chronicling the university's shortcomings and limitations as well as its achievements, this study makes an important contribution to American history as well as telling the fascinating story of an American institution.

Emeritusof HistoryCol - Henry F. Graff
McCaughey has assembled for the first time the elaborate mosaic that displays as it should be displayed Columbia's long and rich history. This is an incomparable account of a great institution rooted inextricably in a great city.
Roger Geiger

Histories of universities have enjoyed a renaissance of late, not just in popularity but in intellectual rigor as well. Robert McCaughey's history of Columbia University nevertheless sets a new standard for this genre. Exhaustively researched by McCaughey, with some help from his students and colleagues, it combines intellectual seriousness with wit and candor. McCaughey admirably integrates the singular history of Columbia with the evolving system of American higher education and the fascinating context of New York City. By chronicling the university's shortcomings and limitations as well as its achievements, this study makes an important contribution to American history as well as telling the fascinating story of an American institution.

Roger Geiger, Distinguished Professor of History and Higher Education and Head of the Higher Education Program, The Pennsylvania State University

Meet the Author

Robert McCaughey is the chairman of the Barnard History Department and the former dean of the faculty of Barnard College. He is the author of The Last Federalist: Josiah Quincy, 1772–1864 and International Studies and Academic Enterprise: A Chapter in the Academic Enclosure of American Learning, among other books.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reporting for duty and standing by Captain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What job would you like ? Just put a job you want and i'll tell you if its taken or not . P.s. : where the heck Is the captain ?!!! This rp is stupid because even our CAPTAIN isnt on . If some people dont get on soon im going to go out and replace them . The captain included .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reporting as ordered, Captain.