In the Company of Scholars: The Struggle for the Soul of Higher Education by Julius GetmanIn the Company of Scholars: The Struggle for the Soul of Higher Education by Julius Getman

In the Company of Scholars: The Struggle for the Soul of Higher Education

byJulius Getman

Paperback | April 15, 2011

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"I began this book to articulate my sense of disappointment and alienation from the status I had fought so hard to achieve." A remarkable admission from an alumnus of Harvard Law School who has held tenured professorships in the law schools of Yale and Stanford and has taught in the law schools of Harvard and Chicago.

In this personal reflection on the status of higher education, Julius Getman probes the tensions between status and meaning, elitism and egalitarianism, that challenge the academy and academics today. He shows how higher education creates a shared intellectual community among people of varied races and classes &#151 while simultaneously dividing people on the basis of education and status.

In the course of his explorations, Getman touches on many of the most current issues in higher education today, including the conflict between teaching and research, challenges to academic freedom, the struggle over multiculturalism, and the impact of minority and feminist activism. Getman presents these issues through relevant, often humorous anecdotes, using his own and others' experiences in coping with the constantly changing academic landscape.

Written from a liberal perspective, the book offers another side of the story told in such works as Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind and Roger Kimball's Tenured Radicals.

Julius Getman holds the Earl E. Sheffield Regents Chair in the University of Texas School of Law. He has served as both president and general counsel of the American Association of University Professors.
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Title:In the Company of Scholars: The Struggle for the Soul of Higher EducationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292735669

ISBN - 13:9780292735668

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Interviews
  • 1. The Attraction of Academic Life
  • 2. The Basic Academic Processes and the Search for Meaning: The Conflict between Elitist and Egalitarian Values
  • 3. The Relationship of Faculty to Academic Institutions
  • 4. The Struggle for Change
  • 5. Special Features of Academic Life
  • Notes
  • Index