Belying recent fervor over the commodification of higher education,
the May issue reported on an “emphatic” speech delivered
to the Commercial Club: A. F. Sheldon, head of the now-defunct Sheldon
School of Business Administration, “asserted that all teachers
are salesmen and that every character is changeable.” Arguing
that “the systems of education today are inadequate,”
Sheldon warned that “college courses are open to the danger
of being taught from an obsolete standpoint.
1979 Summer issue
In its November issue the Magazine described the coming
Middle East expedition of newly appointed professor Robert J. Braidwood,
PhD’43. An anthropologist, Braidwood was in transit with a
geologist, a zoologist, and an expert on architectural and industrial
ceramics. The “well-rounded” party planned to visit
Jarmo, Iraq, “the world’s oldest village,” hoping
to discover clues to life some 7,000 years ago, “when man
turned from food-gathering, cave dwelling savagery” to agriculture.
“If you always imagined the movie theater to be a dark haven
where the less-than-responsible student could hide from his accumulating
homework,” the Summer issue suggested, think again. In the
year-old Film Archive students “can come and use Moviolas
and a permanent film collection” of more than 500 movies.
Though at the time the University didn’t have a film department
or major, the archive’s founder, English professor Gerald
Mast, AB’61, AM’62, PhD’67, was “highly
optimistic about the future” of the collection. Today the
Film Studies Center, part of the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies,
boasts 8,000 titles in the Gerald Mast Film Archive.
What could be more natural a topic than eating? the December issue
asked, serving up a brief piece on Hungry Soul by Leon Kass, SB’58,
MD’62. Now chair of the President’s Council on Bioethics
and still the Addie Clark Harding professor of Social Thought and
in the College, Kass discussed his book with the Magazine
“over lunch,” describing the “spiritual anorexia”
of a modern utilitarian attitude about food. Kass, the article noted,
ate a bagel.—A.L.M.