The Humanities at Scripps College: Views and Reviews, 1927-1952

The Humanities at Scripps College: Views and Reviews, 1927-1952

The Humanities at Scripps College: Views and Reviews, 1927-1952

The Humanities at Scripps College: Views and Reviews, 1927-1952

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This volume is small in size but large in content. The essays and addresses which it contains have varied approaches, but in their aggregate they record the origin and development of Scripps College, the qualities of its inspired founder, and its physical, intellectual, and spiritual progress through its twenty-fifth anniversary.

The several contributors are representative members and friends of the college, including certain eminent visitors who are well acquainted with the philosophy of education by which Scripps has been and continues to be guided. Each is fully acquainted with the operation of the curriculum, as well as the way in which the daily life of the college is actually lived.

Two of these distinguished persons, Dr. Gilbreth and Professor Nicolson, have delivered the Clark Lectures at Scripps on more than one occasion, to the delight of students, faculty, and friends. By special request Miss Nicolson has repeated and has allowed us to publish her lecture on "The Romance of Scholarship," which was a redaction of an address originally given at the Barnard College semi-centennial exercises in 1939.

The impressions, explicit and implied, which these writers convey, remind me of similar testimony by another Clark Lecturer, the brilliant biographer Catherine Drinker Bowen, who has said,

At Scripps the campus is electric with a faith I think some of the older colleges have lost--a faith in what used to be called a liberal education. At Scripps it is based upon the humanities, and in truth the catalogue presents a wonderfully integrated program, where history is related to literature, literature to music, and music to science. Here all knowledge is spread before the student; here, without discrimination of sex, she is invited to sit at the feast.

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