Imagination and the University (Heritage)

Imagination and the University Heritage This volume the Frank Gerstein Lectures for is the second series of Invitation Lectures to be delivered at York University The theme Imagination and the University was appropriate for as Presi

  • Title: Imagination and the University (Heritage)
  • Author: Jacob Bronowski Henry Steele Commager Gordon W. Allport Paul H. Buck
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  • This volume, the Frank Gerstein Lectures for 1963, is the second series of Invitation Lectures to be delivered at York University The theme Imagination and the University was appropriate for, as President Murray Ross states in this Foreword, it is in its early years that a university is sufficiently flexible to utilize imagination in its structure and in its curriculum.This volume, the Frank Gerstein Lectures for 1963, is the second series of Invitation Lectures to be delivered at York University The theme Imagination and the University was appropriate for, as President Murray Ross states in this Foreword, it is in its early years that a university is sufficiently flexible to utilize imagination in its structure and in its curriculum York University was in its third year when the Lectures were given.Four distinguished scholars present their views on the importance of an imaginative approach to the different academic disciplines, and to the conduct of life in contemporary society as a whole.Jacob Bronowski, speaking on Imagination in Art and Science, draws a clear and striking analogy between the role of imagination in mathematics and in poetry, drawing on his own experiences and contributions in both areas He stresses that all creative works in art or science, must conform to the universal experience of mankind and to the private experiences of each man the work of science, as of art, moves us profoundly, in mind and in emotion, when it matches our experience and at the same time points beyond it.Henry Steele Commager shows how important is the contribution to be made by an imaginative approach to politics, where, as in other fields of human experience, it must not be separated from reality, if it is to find expression in something than words He points to examples from the past and the present and asks for imagination in public thinking, it fit our actions to the reality of change, citing the urgency of such twentieth century phenomena as the status of Communist China, the predicted population explosion, and the threat of nuclear war Professor Commager believes that the universities provide the key to this kind of approach, being a supreme example of the creative capacity of mankind, whose function it is to serve the commonwealth of learning.A different kind of insight is offered by Gordon W Allport, whose subject is Imagination in Psychology He believes that the present impertinence of psychology can best be cured by endowing it with imagination He demands a pluralistic approach to psychological investigation, which would not deny the insights yielded by traditional methods, with their characteristic minute analyses, but whose goal would be to fashion a conception of the human person that would exclude nothing that is valid, and at the same time preserve an ideal of rational consistency This could lead, in turn, to a clear definition of the root motives of mankind, even to discovering new formulas for international peace by offsetting particularistic political demands Finally, Paul H Buck describes the Harvard House Plan as an example of Imagination and the Curriculum This plan, modelled on the Oxford Cambridge College system which is also followed in some Canadian universities, is an attempt to make all aspects of undergraduate life a process of education And a truly liberal education for today and tomorrow, Professor Buck is confident, will combine a programme of general education, a programme of specialism, and a collegiate way of living.

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    • Jacob Bronowski Henry Steele Commager Gordon W. Allport Paul H. Buck

      Jacob Bronowski was a British mathematician and biologist of Polish Jewish origin He is best remembered as the presenter and writer of the 1973 BBC television documentary series, The Ascent of Man.In 1950, Bronowski was given the Taung child s fossilized skull and asked to try, using his statistical skills, to combine a measure of the size of the skull s teeth with their shape in order to discriminate them from the teeth of apes Work on this turned his interests towards the human biology of humanity s intellectual products.In 1967 Bronowski delivered the six Silliman Memorial Lectures at Yale University and chose as his subject the role of imagination and symbolic language in the progress of scientific knowledge Transcripts of the lectures were published posthumously in 1978 as The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination and remain in print.He first became familiar to the British public through appearances on the BBC television version of The Brains Trust in the late 1950s His ability to answer questions on many varied subjects led to an offhand reference in an episode of Monty Python s Flying Circus where one character states that He knows everything However Bronowski is best remembered for his thirteen part series The Ascent of Man 1973 , a documentary about the history of human beings through scientific endeavour This project was intended to parallel art historian Kenneth Clark s earlier personal view series Civilisation 1969 which had covered cultural history.During the making of The Ascent of Man, Bronowski was interviewed by the popular British chat show host Michael Parkinson Parkinson later recounted that Bronowski s description of a visit to Auschwitz Bronowski had lost many family members during the Nazi era was one of Parkinson s most memorable interviews.Jacob Bronowski married Rita Coblentz in 1941 The couple had four children, all daughters, the eldest being the British academic Lisa Jardine and another being the filmmaker Judith Bronowski He died in 1974 of a heart attack in East Hampton, New York a year after The Ascent of Man was completed, and was buried in the western side of London s Highgate Cemetery, near the entrance.



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