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A Free and Ordered Space: The Real World of the University Paperback – May 17, 1990
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That argument is often made by people who have forgotten the explanations offered in the past. For those who would like to hear the case made both eloquently and authoritatively, I can recommend this book.
When Giamatti was made president of Yale he was very young (the youngest president in the university's history) and he had virtually no administrative experience. Nevertheless, he served with great distinction and went on, as most remember, to serve as Commissioner of baseball, prior to his premature death.
This book is a collection of his speeches. As such, they carry a certain formality. One can hear the public address system and see the presidential robes in place as he addresses his audiences (many of them student audiences). They are organized around three topics: 1) the nature and purpose of the university; 2) the `earthly use' of a liberal education; and 3) the private university and the public interest. All three are worth the reader's attention; the second is probably the best.
While his historic audience is usually some group of Yale stakeholders or students, the actual audience for his thoughts is the educated reader who cares about the state of higher education. He draws on literary materials (his field was renaissance literature) but on many other materials as well.Read more ›