A Collegiate Way of Living: Residential Colleges and a Yale Education

A Collegiate Way of Living: Residential Colleges and a Yale Education

by Mark B. Ryan

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A Collegiate Way of Living: Residential Colleges and a Yale Education by Mark B. Ryan

The most important book now available on residential college life is Mark B. Ryan’s collection of essays A Collegiate Way of Living: Residential Colleges and a Yale Education (New Haven: Jonathan Edwards College, 2001). Harvard and Yale Universities began the modern tradition of residential colleges in the United States in the 1930s, consciously copying the earlier models of Oxford and Cambridge. Dr. Ryan’s volume grew out of his many years of service as dean of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale. If you read only one book about residential colleges, this is the one to read.

One thing this volume teaches is that the residential college is a portable idea, something that has been carried from place to place since its inception in thirteenth-century Europe. After his service at Yale, Ryan subsequently was instrumental in establishing the first residential college systems in Latin America. Seldom has anyone expressed so eloquently what this model of acaedemic community can contribute to the development and education of the self.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780972366908
Publisher: Mark B. Ryan
Publication date: 08/07/2015
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

For more than twenty years, MARK B. RYAN was Dean of Jonathan Edwards College and a teacher of American Studies and History at Yale University. Subsequently, he was instrumental in founding the first residential college system in Latin America, at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico, where he was Titular Professor of International Relations and History. At the ULDAP, he also served as Dean of the Colleges, Regent (Master) of Colegio José Gaos, and Co-ordinator of the graduate program in United States Studies. Originally from Houston, Texas, he holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale and has also taught at Williams College.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard H. Brodhead 9
Preface and Acknowledgments 11

Part One: THE EDUCATIONAL VALUE OF COMMUNITY LIFE
Introduction: Yale's Residential Colleges 17
Checking the Circles:Welcoming Remarks 25

Part Two: RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT
The University: The Changing Shape of a Yale Education 35
The American Residential College: Genesis and Legacy 47
The Collegiate Way: Historical Purposes of Residential Colleges 59

Part Three: ADVISING AND COUNSELING
Residential College Deanships: An Anniversary Celebration 77
Self and Curriculum: Growing through a Yale Education 85
Inner Life/Yale Life 93

Part Four: ON COLLEGIATE VALUES: CRITIQUES AND COMMENTARY
The College in the University 99
Self-Knowledge and Liberal Education 113
Heart and Intellect: The Dalai Lama at Yale 129

Coda
Why J.E. Sux: The Spirit of a Residential College 143

Epilogue
Internationalizing Residential Colleges: An Experience in Mexico 151

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