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EXCELLENCE IS BY NO MEANS ENOUGH: Intellectual Philanthropy and the Just University

EXCELLENCE IS BY NO MEANS ENOUGH: Intellectual Philanthropy and the Just University Page 427 Intellectual Philanthropy and the Just University Stanley N. Last year, a valued former student bludgeoned me into agreeing to be keynote speaker for a celebration at the university where he now teaches. The colloquium, called to mark a special founding anniversary, was to be entitled “Higher Education in and for a Just Society.” With not a clue what I would talk about, I foolishly submitted my own title: “What Would It Mean to Be a ‘Just’ University?” I had planned to write the speech over the summer but of course did not. I was, though, fortunate to have a brilliant research assistant who would read selected texts on justice and on universities for me and let me know which would be worth my time. So, just after Labor Day in September, I ruminated on the texts he recommended and set about to write. I took the photocopied texts with me on a train to Washington, D.C., that left my hometown — Princeton, New Jersey — at 6:45 A.M. on September 11, 2001. I intended to read on the way down and to begin writing on my laptop on the way back from a day-long meeting at http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

EXCELLENCE IS BY NO MEANS ENOUGH: Intellectual Philanthropy and the Just University

Common Knowledge , Volume 8 (3) – Oct 1, 2002

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2002 by Duke University Press
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0961-754X
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1538-4578
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10.1215/0961754X-8-3-427
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Page 427 Intellectual Philanthropy and the Just University Stanley N. Last year, a valued former student bludgeoned me into agreeing to be keynote speaker for a celebration at the university where he now teaches. The colloquium, called to mark a special founding anniversary, was to be entitled “Higher Education in and for a Just Society.” With not a clue what I would talk about, I foolishly submitted my own title: “What Would It Mean to Be a ‘Just’ University?” I had planned to write the speech over the summer but of course did not. I was, though, fortunate to have a brilliant research assistant who would read selected texts on justice and on universities for me and let me know which would be worth my time. So, just after Labor Day in September, I ruminated on the texts he recommended and set about to write. I took the photocopied texts with me on a train to Washington, D.C., that left my hometown — Princeton, New Jersey — at 6:45 A.M. on September 11, 2001. I intended to read on the way down and to begin writing on my laptop on the way back from a day-long meeting at

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Common KnowledgeDuke University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2002

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