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ERIC Number: EJ934171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
Humanism's Sisyphean Task: Curricular Reform at Brown University during the Second World War
Porwancher, Andrew
History of Education, v40 n4 p481-499 2011
In the midst of a curricular debate at Brown University during the Second World War, the faculty's humanists seized the opportunity to pen their views on the nature and purpose of higher education. This investigation reveals humanism as a fragmented force, at once principal and peripheral to the American academy. The central argument of this study is that humanists united when they stood against mainstream academe and fragmented when they tried to acculturate their ideas to prevailing currents of thought. This article further contends that humanists endured as a major if subsidiary constituency within academe because they offered the American university an elevated rationale for its existence without issuing a substantive challenge to its prevailing power structures. (Contains 104 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island; United States