The Pragmatic American University, 1950-2000
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
464 pages, 155.00 x 235.00 x 0.00 mm, 87 illus.
- ISBN: 9780812246803
- Published: May 2015
The second half of the twentieth century saw the University of Pennsylvania grow in size as well as in stature. On its way to becoming one of the world's most celebrated research universities, Penn exemplified the role of urban renewal in the postwar redevelopment and expansion of urban universities, and the indispensable part these institutions played in the remaking of American cities. Yet urban renewal is only one aspect of this history. Drawing from Philadelphia's extensive archives as well as the University's own historical records and publications, John L. Puckett and Mark Frazier Lloyd examine Penn's rise to eminence amid the social, moral, and economic forces that transformed major public and private institutions across the nation.
Becoming Penn recounts the shared history of university politics and urban policy as the campus grappled with twentieth-century racial tensions, gender inequality, labor conflicts, and economic retrenchment. Examining key policies and initiatives of the administrations led by presidents Gaylord Harnwell, Martin Meyerson, Sheldon Hackney, and Judith Rodin, Puckett and Lloyd revisit the actors, organizations, and controversies that shaped campus life in this turbulent era. Illustrated with archival photographs of the campus and West Philadelphia neighborhood throughout the late twentieth century, Becoming Penn provides a sweeping portrait of one university's growth and impact within the broader social history of American higher education.
PART I THE BUILDER
Chapter 1 Rise of the Urban Renewal University
Chapter 2 Campus Expansion and Commercial Renewal in Unit 4
Chapter 3 Shadow Expansion in Unit 3
Chapter 4 Student Protest and the End of the Great Expansion
PART II THE VISIONARY
Chapter 5 Martin Meyerson's Dream of One University
Chapter 6 Identity Politics in the Arena
PART III THE CONCILIATOR
Chapter 7 A Decade of Racial Discord
Chapter 8 Throes of Diversity
Chapter 9 Penn and the City Inextricably Intertwined
PART IV THE IMPLEMENTER
Chapter 10 Triumph in University City
Chapter 11 Agenda for Excellence
Chapter 12 Harnwell Redux
Conclusion: In Franklin's Name
Appendix The Urban Renewal University: A Typology
List of Abbreviations