Friday, November 12, 2010

Rereading the University Classics, Part 3

Reblogged from the Chronicle. Knowing where we've been is part of better understanding where we're headed (Whither U?) and deciding accordingly on strategies.  See also: Ortega y Gasset, Thorstein Veblen and Karl Jaspers on the university. 

Careers Library/Books Illustration

Part 3 by Kai Hammermeister, from The Chronicle of Higher Education

"(Chronicle) Editor's Note: This is the third in a monthly series intended to introduce new generations of faculty members and administrators to a core set of classic books about higher education and its institutions. The first two columns are here and here.

John Henry Newman's 1852 collection of lectures and essays, The Idea of a University, goes to great length to defend the inclusion of theology in the curriculum of the then-new Dublin unversity. Newman, who had converted to Roman Catholicism from Anglicanism, was the driving force behind the university's founding and its first rector. For American universities, teaching theology was never an option, and thus many of Newman's efforts seem to evaporate instantly. Yet the way he advocates the inclusion of religious instruction contains ideas that are applicable to today's curricular debates."

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link~ am sharing with my student networks. Me loves the classics and we always do well to know our past to navigate our future ~:-)


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