Reflections on the University of California

Reflections on the University of California

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These invaluable essays offer an insidera€™s perspective on three decades at a major American university during a time of political turmoil. Neil J. Smelser, who spent thirty-six years as a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, sheds new light on a full range of the issues that dominated virtually all institutions of higher learning during the second half of the twentieth century. Smelser considers student activisma€”in particular the Free Speech Movement at Berkeleya€”political surprises, affirmative action, multiculturalism and the culture wars, and much more. As one of the leading sociologists of his generation, Smelser is uniquely qualified to convey and analyze the complexities of administrating a first-rate and very large university as it encounters a highly politicized environment.A Report of the Chancellora#39;s Blue Ribbon Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics (1991) as of 1990, the Berkeley campus occupied a ... He was noted for the spirited a€œGo Bearsa€ finale to his speeches, and for rushing into the end zone and giving high-fives to football players after a Cal touchdown. (Wags remarked that this didna#39;t detract unduly from his other chancel- lorial duties, because Cal didna#39;t scoreanbsp;...

Title:Reflections on the University of California
Author:Neil J. Smelser
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2010-03-04


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