Ira Katznelson, “Reflections on the New School’s Founding Moments, 1919 and 1933”

Category : Education, Founding

From its very beginning, the new school has wrestled with the consequences of unfreedom, fear, and insecurity, working to advance John Milton’s ringing affirmation of 1643: “Give me liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” It has tried to emulate Thomas Huxley’s call, when he was installed as rector of Aberdeen University in 1874, that “universities should be places in which thought is free from all fetters, and in which all sources of knowledge and all aids of learning should be accessible to all comers, without distinction of creed or country, riches or poverty.”

Source: Social Research, Vol 76 : No 2 : Summer 2009.

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