Ruth Simmons on the lectures of James Harvey Robinson: 1919 Revisited

Lecture Tue 27 Mar 2001 The New School, Orozco Room
66 West 12th Street, 7th Floor
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In February 1919, in a campus of brownstones on West 23rd Street in Chelsea, a series of seven courses was offered to adults on the "the grave social, political, economic and educational problems of the day." The courses were an experiment in democracy and a new form of education: one that emphasized the collegiality and expansiveness in learning that led to the formation of The New School. On occasion of welcoming New School's new president Bob Kerrey, this series is intended to remind the New School community of its historical legacies, and re-frame them for a new millennium.

Educator Ruth Simmons has taught at the country's top institutions. Her deep commitment to education puts the needs of students at the center. A school, she has said "...ought to be a magical place where you are queen or king, and where what you get to do is focus on your intellect. It's a place where you go to find out how magical your mind is, and how terrific it will be when you develop your mind to its full potential." She discusses the 1919 lectures of James Harvey Robinson.

Ruth Simmons