Excellence Without a Soul

Harry Lewis talked about his book Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education, published by PublicAffairs. Professor Lewis,… read more

Harry Lewis talked about his book Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education, published by PublicAffairs. Professor Lewis, former Dean of Harvard College, offered his analysis of how America’s great universities are failing students and the nation. He argued that while great research universities like Harvard have been striving to be unsurpassed in the quality of its faculty and students, the universities have forgotten that the fundamental purpose of undergraduate education is to turn young people into adults who will take responsibility for society. He said that Harvard, as the richest, oldest, most powerful university in America, has set many standards, but he evaluated the failures of the institution, including the issue of grade inflation and a recent controversy over Harvard’s handling of date rape cases. He argued for changes. After his presentation he responded to audience members' questions.

This event was part of the Center of the American West, Summer at Chautauqua Series held at Old Main Chapel. close

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  • Todd Gleeson Dean University of Colorado, Boulder->Coll. of Arts and Sciences
  • Harry R. Lewis Professor Harvard University->Computer Science

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Excellence Without a Soul

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Program ID:
191528-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Boulder, Colorado, United States
First Aired:
Sep 02, 2006 | 11:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Sep 17, 2006 | 6:48am EDT | C-SPAN 2

Airing Details

  • Sep 02, 2006 | 11:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 10, 2006 | 1:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 17, 2006 | 6:48am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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