The University Student: Scholar, Citizen, and Protester

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Title: The University Student: Scholar, Citizen, and Protester
Author: Connolly, Rose E.
Abstract: The 1960s brought about a remarkable time of change for universities as institutions. Relations between administration, faculty, and students changed dramatically. Student life took on a new form of liberal living and students began questioning student rights and authority. Confronted daily in their lives with questions about the unjust war, civil rights and freedom of speech, students had the time and personal concern to work for change. Across the country, students were in violent opposition about the war, both with each other and with an older, more conservative generation. The question of the university’s role in society came under great scrutiny by students, administrations and communities, especially that of a public university. Did the purpose of a university being a forum for question and debate give students the right, as a part of the university, to host protests and make administrative demands on campuses? As an institution, should a university take a side on political issues? To what extent should the administration listen to both students and taxpayers?
Description: 14 p.
Date: 2003-12-10

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