Under the leadership of University of Chicago president Robert Maynard Hutchins
, a group of scholars known as the Commission on Freedom of the Press evaluated the news media, while Dwight Macdonald and some other New York intellectuals, as they were later dubbed, evaluated the American entertainment media.
As legendary University of Chicago president and Great Books editor Robert Maynard Hutchins
so poignantly asked in 1940, as the country was on the brink of war, "What Shall We Defend?" Hutchins never doubted science or scientific progress.
In other words, while it can be said that the media ecology tradition does not place general semantics as paramount within what Robert Maynard Hutchins
termed our "great conversation" (and which stands for everything we refer to as the time-binding of our human species), it can also be said that media ecology is itself not paramount within communication and media studies.
It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight," said Robert Maynard Hutchins
, former president of the University of Chicago, USA.
The lines between reading for pleasure and reading professionally are often part of the cultural tensions surrounding reading groups, and nowhere is this more evident than in Daniel Born's chapter on Robert Maynard Hutchins
, Mortimer Adler, and the Great Books Enterprise at the University of Chicago in the 1940s.
Special attention is paid to the role of the Flexner Report of 1910, which critiqued of medical schools; the development of the University of Chicago creed under Robert Maynard Hutchins
; and the creation of the RAND Corporation in 1948 and its role in shaping the directions and leaders of the reform of business schools.
The Great Books was a project by then chancellor of the University of Chicago Robert Maynard Hutchins
and professor Mortimer Adler, founders of the Great Books Foundation; the books were sold door to door in 52 black leatherette volumes, comprising 443 books distilled from the literary, scientific and philosophical canon of the Western world.
In 1927, Adler's intellectual passions led him to correspond with a kindred spirit: Robert Maynard Hutchins
, the wunderkind dean of Yale Law School.
The University's new president, Robert Maynard Hutchins
, developed a "New Plan" for undergraduate instruction that further marginalized correspondence courses.
Among those whose reaction was unambiguously negative were neo-Thomists such as Mortimer Adler and University of Chicago President Robert Maynard Hutchins
. On the basis of published material as well as unpublished correspondence, Reisch presents Hutchins's Great Books of the Western World project as an educational and cultural program competing with the Encyclopedia, providing a picture of the Unity of Science movement as a general educational movement with clear political and cultural implications.
DAVID ROSS, ARISTOTLE 16 (1964); Aristotle, in 8 GREAT BOOKS OF THE WESTERN WORLD vi (Robert Maynard Hutchins
The core curriculum put into place in the 1930s by Robert Maynard Hutchins
, president and then chancellor of the university, was among the most rigorous "Great Books" programs in the country.