A Design for Scholarship

A Design for Scholarship

A Design for Scholarship

A Design for Scholarship

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A UNIVERSITY is like a state in the variety of the forces that determine its life: clash of divergent opinion, power to inspire men with exalted purpose, association of distinctive personalities, ordered procedure in a self- governing system, financial perils, and even treasury crises. A citizen in a university-state is not a recluse treading daily a well-worn path of routine. True, he may deal one day with quite petty details of courses and classes; but the next day finds him standing, as it were, on the rim of the universe, analyzing the spectrum of a beam of starlight that left its remote source two hundred million years before the tree-dwelling precursors of man passed their first anxious nights on the ground. The range of the university's interest extends from microscope to telescope, from a student's minute personal problem to the nature and impact of social forces that are rocking the world.

It is one of these contrasts in our university-state in Baltimore that is reflected in my remarks today. If I were to recite financial facts and figures only, in this my first Commemoration Day address, it would ill sustain the hopes of the illustrious few who founded, and the devoted many who have carried forward,

Commemoration Day Address, The Johns Hopkins University, February 22, 1936.

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