THE MULTIVERSITY by Nicholas von Hoffman


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If you tape record ""low"" chat with students and ""high"" chat with profs, juxtapose campus types--rebel, conservative, grind, dropout--against various aspects of campus scenery--dorms, bars, classrooms; then interweave such contemporary headaches as alienation, bureaucracy, and the teaching-versus-research syndrome, while adding at appropriate intervals historical parallels on the principle of plus ca change, etc., you will have a species of impressionistic journalism, or what Nicholas von Hoffman modestly terms ""A Personal Report on What Happens to Today's Students in American Universities."" At no time, however, will you have any rigorous confrontation with the philosophic and socio-economic implications or intricacies of the modern multiversity, which is more than just a place ""where every conceivable educational discipline is crammed into one campus."" The multiversity forecasts a revolutionary change in what Clark Kerr calls the ""production, distribution, and consumption of knowledge in all forms,"" as well as a radical alteration in the ""meaning"" of knowledge itself. Von Hoffman's book is articulate, brisk and ""down-to-earth,"" but then so too are those crisis-in-the-classroom articles featured in Look or Life, with photos to boot. University of Illinois is the setting.

Pub Date: July 18th, 1966
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston