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The Resource Seeking the North Star : selected speeches, by John R. Silber

Seeking the North Star : selected speeches, by John R. Silber

Label
Seeking the North Star : selected speeches
Title
Seeking the North Star
Title remainder
selected speeches
Statement of responsibility
by John R. Silber
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
If you lived and worked in Boston at any point during the last half century, you were aware of a force emanating from an increasingly influential institution on the banks of the Charles River; the institution was Boston University and the force behind it was John Silber. From his induction in 1971 until his retirement in 2011, Silber was unrelenting in improving the standards and quality of his university. What he may have lacked in tact, he more than made up for in intellectual brilliance, wide-ranging vision, and stubborn advocacy. A professor of philosophy, celebrated for his work on Immanuel Kant, Silber was a humanist in the tradition of Jefferson, Holmes, Whitehead, and Barzun. The best of the man is revealed in this selection of his writing, speeches, essays, and articles, collected from over forty years of vigorous engagement. Here he speaks as a philosopher, educator, parent, and political observer and participant (ahead in the polls, he would have been elected Governor of Massachusetts had he not run afoul of Channel Five's beloved Natalie Jacobsen. The famous incident is recounted in high style in Tom Wolfe's Foreword). Silber tackles issues including education at all levels, culture and the media, democracy and international affairs. Delivered from 1971 to 2012, the speeches offer his incisive reflections on the Vietnam War, Watergate, student activism of the seventies, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, developments in science and technology, the increasing power of the media, global corporations, and many other issues. His style is lively, crisp, and pointed, spiked with his acerbic wit and guided by an ongoing search for wisdom. Silber was a model of probity and integrity in both his private and his public life, an intellectual pessimist and a congenital optimist. Even as he brought Boston University from a sleepy and fast-declining "streetcar college" to a major educational institution, he spoke out on topical issues and principles on which our human fulfillment and national identity depended. Inspiring many, infuriating some, his was a life that mattered, and a voice worth listening to. --Amazon.com
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DLC
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1926-2012
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Silber, John
Dewey number
378.001
Index
index present
LC call number
LB2322.2
LC item number
.S545 2013
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Education, Higher
  • United States
  • Civilization
  • Education, Higher
  • United States
Label
Seeking the North Star : selected speeches, by John R. Silber
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The pollution of time -- A tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. -- The humanities, the crucible of higher education -- The tremble factor -- The thicket of law and the marsh of conscience -- Generations on generations -- The myth of overqualification -- Democracy: its counterfeits and its promise -- By the rivers of Babylon -- The next parish over -- The university and the defense of freedom -- Stretching the envelope -- Seeking the North Star -- Parents' convocation -- Multiculturalism true and false -- Obedience to the unenforceable -- The need for honesty in confronting history -- Character education East and West -- Such stuff as dreams are made on -- Drinking the sun of Corinth -- Procedure or dogma: the core of liberalism -- Roadblocks to education reform -- Education and spiritual formation -- Ethics and corporate responsibility -- Life is a series of surprises -- Science vs. scientism -- The choices are ours
Control code
849211191
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781567925074
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2013021213
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)849211191
Label
Seeking the North Star : selected speeches, by John R. Silber
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The pollution of time -- A tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. -- The humanities, the crucible of higher education -- The tremble factor -- The thicket of law and the marsh of conscience -- Generations on generations -- The myth of overqualification -- Democracy: its counterfeits and its promise -- By the rivers of Babylon -- The next parish over -- The university and the defense of freedom -- Stretching the envelope -- Seeking the North Star -- Parents' convocation -- Multiculturalism true and false -- Obedience to the unenforceable -- The need for honesty in confronting history -- Character education East and West -- Such stuff as dreams are made on -- Drinking the sun of Corinth -- Procedure or dogma: the core of liberalism -- Roadblocks to education reform -- Education and spiritual formation -- Ethics and corporate responsibility -- Life is a series of surprises -- Science vs. scientism -- The choices are ours
Control code
849211191
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9781567925074
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2013021213
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)849211191

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