An improbable life : my sixty years at Columbia and other adventures
- Sovern, Michael I., author.
- [New York] : A Columbia University Publication, 
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- xviii, 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
LD1239 .S68 2014
- Unknown LD1239 .S68 2014
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- List of Illustrations Foreword by Walter F. Mondale Foreword by Lee C. Bollinger 1. A Shared Story 2. Riot 3. Rebuilding 4. Aftermath 5. Condoms and Wrinkle Cream 6. Becoming a Dean 7. Litigating: Tuskegee and the Supreme Court 8. Provost 9. Building an Administration 10. Beginnings 11. Columbia College 12. Columbia Law School 13. Minnesota 14. Coming Home 15. Publishing and Moonlighting 16. Climbing Out of a Hole 17. Ceremonies 18. Doing the Right Thing: Coeducation, Charter Revision, and Columbia Football 19. The Pulitzer Prizes 20. Reagan Versus Mondale 21. Disappointing My Peers: Divestiture and Earmarks 22. City Corruption and Columbia Unrest 23. A Sabbatical Leave and a Return to Celebrations 24. Remembering Malcolm X and Working with the Community 25. International Guests, Anniversaries, Dedications, and a New Campaign 26. Closing a School 27. Salman Rushdie at Risk 28. Hail and Farewell 29. The Last Year 30. A Backward Glance 31. There Is Life After a Presidency 32. Shubert -- a Great Gig 33. Almost a Justice 34. Sotheby's 35. America's Challenge 36. What Next? Acknowledgments Notes Index.
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- Publisher's Summary
- Columbia University began the second half of the twentieth century in decline, bottoming out with the student riots of 1968. Yet by the close of the century, the institution had regained its stature as one of the greatest universities in the world. According to the New York Times, "If any one person is responsible for Columbia's recovery, it is surely Michael Sovern." In this memoir, Sovern, who served as the university's president from 1980 to 1993, recounts his sixty-year involvement with the institution after growing up in the South Bronx. He addresses key issues in academia, such as affordability, affirmative action, the relative rewards of teaching and research, lifetime tenure, and the role of government funding. Sovern also reports on his many off-campus adventures, including helping the victims of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, stepping into the chairmanship of Sotheby's, responding to a strike by New York City's firemen, a police riot and threats to shut down the city's transit system, playing a role in the theater world as president of the Shubert Foundation, and chairing the Commission on Integrity in Government.
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- Michael I. Sovern.
- 9780231167628 (cloth : alk. paper)
- 0231167628 (cloth : alk. paper)
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