Pointing our thoughts : reflections on Harvard and higher education, 1991-2001 / Neil L. Rudenstine ; foreword by Hanna Holborn Gray
- The enduring university: The values of education., The university and diversity: Diversity and learning at Harvard -- Free expression in a diverse society -- Sustaining an inclusive vision -- Persevering -- University debate and freedom of speech -- Access and affordability -- Some essential institutional values., The arts and humanities: The challenging nature of the humanities -- A perpetual visual motion machine -- Melodic transgressions (John Harbison) -- Testing the limits (Ellsworth Kelly) -- Firmly grounded ideas -- A continuing conversation., Science and technology: New technologies and their promise for higher education -- The fruits of science and serendipity -- Our pursuit of science and health -- This astonishing technological phenomenon., The professions, community, and public service: The changing professions -- A mind as it reasons (Kathleen Sullivan) -- Leading medical education -- Landscape architecture at Harvard -- Servant of the public good (Alan Greenspan) -- Celebrating courage and commitment -- A sympathetic imagination (Justice Margaret Marshall) -- Casting and recasting -- Contributing to the life of our community., Thinking internationally: Engaging global realities -- Indigenously American but simultaneously global -- Exchanging differences -- A democrat who has learned from a king (Nelson Mandela) -- Pitching into commitments (David Rockefeller) -- Transforming situations (Yitzhak Rabin) -- A major turning point in international studies., The worlds of Harvard: Pointing our thoughts -- Integrating knowledge -- A spirit not to be quenched (Thomas Dudley Cabot) -- Deeds, not creeds (John Loeb) -- A lifetime of service and care (Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.) -- Her own poetics (Judith Nisse Shklar) -- Our lean Galbraithian hero (John Kenneth Galbraith) -- Thou art a wonder gome (Reverend Peter Gomes) -- This singular place -- A class by itself., and An education: Reaching out -- The act of reading -- Designed to be a genuine community -- A labyrinthine collegiate climb -- Keeping our memory accurate -- Intensity and form (Sydney Freedberg) -- Something luminous (Harry Levin) -- Consequential minds and presences -- Passion as task -- Self-education.
- This volume is a collection of the speeches and writings of Neil Rudenstine delivered or written between 1991 and 2001. President Rudenstine delivered the speeches at events both within and without Harvard's walls. Events included commencements and convocations, honorary degree and other award ceremonies, anniversaries, building dedications, exhibition openings, conferences and meetings, and memorial services. Other works in this volume are testimony before Congress and open letters and statements to the Harvard community.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
- Administrative History:
- Neil L. Rudenstine (b. 1935) began his service as President of Harvard University on July 1, 1991. In May of 2000, he announced that he would leave Harvard at the end of the 2000/2001 academic year.
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