Brandeis University: A Host at Last

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UPNE, 1995 - Education - 346 pages
In this engaging account, the first president of Brandeis tells how many formidable obstacles to launching a new university without initial capital endowment or any hope of alumni support for at least a generation were overcome; how academic goals were drafted, distinguished faculty recruited, and chairs endowed; and how a dilapidated campus was expended into a well-organized plant of some 90 buildings. In this revision of the 1976 edition, Abram L. Sachar expands the scope of his commentary and imbues it with a critical depth and objectivity that comes from 20 additional years of active involvement in the service of the university.
 

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Contents

The American Tradition of Privately Sponsored Colleges
1
Birth Pangs
11
We Knew We Were Pilgrims
29
Formulating Academic Aims and Gathering the First Faculty
42
Completing a Campus in One Generation
69
The University Wins Itself Tenure
82
Cherchez la Femme
104
The Sciences
120
The Social Sciences
171
Social Welfare and Public Policy
185
The Jewish Component 100
200
The Three Chapels 111
221
An International Emphasis 130
230
University Governance 144
244
Honoris Causa
260
Athletics 188
288

The Humanities
142
The Creative Arts
148
Valedictory
330
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ABRAM L. SACHAR was Chancellor Emeritus of Brandeis University until his death in July 1993 at the age of 95. One of the pioneers of the Hillel Foundation, he also wrote The Course of Our Times (1972) and the best-selling A History of the Jews (1930).

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