Finding the Words: The Education of James O. Freedman

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Princeton University Press, 2007年2月25日 - 339页

James Freedman, the fifteenth president of Dartmouth College, began life in a struggling middle-class Jewish family in a provincial industrial New Hampshire town. By the time of his death from cancer in March 2006, he was one of the most celebrated educational leaders of his generation, perhaps of the twentieth century. Finding the Words is Freedman's account of the first twenty-seven years of this astonishing trajectory in a life made difficult by depression, but sustained throughout by a love of books and learning, a life that would transform the culture of American higher education.


His mother's fierce and bruising ambition instilled in him an overwhelming drive to leave his mark upon the world. His father, a revered high-school English teacher who was timid outside the classroom, introduced him to the rich world of literature--and also passed on to him his doubts and insecurities. Freedman retraces his intellectual formation as a student, educator, scholar, and leader, from his early?obsession with book collecting through his undergraduate years at Harvard and his professional training at Yale Law School. This same passion for language and ideas defined Freedman's leadership at Dartmouth, where he deftly countered lingering anti-Semitism, fought entrenched interests to open the way for women and minorities, reformed and revitalized the curriculum, and boldly reconceived the school's campus.


This moving and inspiring book vividly depicts the formative years of a man nourished by lifelong learning, whose rise from humble beginnings to heights of achievement will serve as a model for generations to come.

 

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目录

Prologue
1
Family
6
Manchester
51
Growing Up
72
Central High School
104
A Passion for Collecting
121
The Fifties
136
Harvard College
147
Teachers and Teaching 1
210
Harvard Law School and the Union Leader
238
Yale Law School
270
Teachers and Teaching 2
301
Epilogue
317
Index
323
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作者简介 (2007)

James O. Freedman was President of Dartmouth College from 1987 to 1998. His books include Liberal Education and the Public Interest and Idealism and Liberal Education.

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