Cultural Writing. Memoir. THE ESSENTIAL COLLEGE, by Bruce Haywood is at once an affectionate memoir, an eloquent sermon, and an incisive lament on the larger question of liberal education. Haywood, who spent twenty-six years at Kenyon College, half of them as provost, provides a portrait of a small and sociable intellectual community that saved itself from financial ruin by expanding and by embracing coeducation. "Liberal education is vital to the future of the Republic. The essential college, its future now threatened, has inspired many generations of Americans to seek a purposeful life, rewarding to themselves and to their society".
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About the Author
Bruce Haywood served on the faculty of Kenyon College for 27 years, specializing in German language. He also served as a Kenyon dean and as provost from 1967-80, then as President of Monmouth College in Illinois through 1994. Bruce is the author of THE ESSENTIAL COLLEGE, published in 2006 by XOXOX Press, and is currently at work on a memoir of his experiences with U.S. military intelligence in postwar Germany.
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From the perspectives of a professor, dean, provost, and college president, Bruce Haywood convincingly demonstrates the value of a true liberal education with required courses in the humanities, social and natural sciences, and an overarching, morally oriented interdisciplinary approach featuring courses taught by professors from multiple departments. He affirms the etymological meaning of "education": a drawing out of the self into a focus on objective studies, and he correspondingly decries the trend of the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s of students focusing only on their own feelings and expressions in various forms of (my term, not his) intellectual masturbation. He also denounces the trend toward spending a semester or year abroad for academic credit but with no preparation in the language or culture of the country visited. (Remember "The Ugly American"?) Cogently and eloquently argued, this work is a powerful defense of the vital role played by seasoned professors at small liberal arts colleges that offer an alternative to pre-professional training by graduate students and junior faculty at large universities. Most fascinating is the author's account, also discussed in a subsequent work, Allerton Bywater, of his activities as a British intelligence officer at the close of World War II. Among those he arrested was an officer charged with executing 38 U.K. airmen whose planes had been shot down over Bremerhaven. The offer denied the accusation: two were dead upon arrival, he insisted, then readily admitted interrogating and fatally shooting the rest in the backs of their heads and justified his actions on the ground that those whom he executed were about to bomb German cities and kill innocent civilians, including children. He was later hanged in England.