Larry Summers and James Bryant Conant?:
The mere fact the two are mentioned together says much about the possibly profound changes under way at Harvard University.
Summers appears to be winning, but not “winning” in the traditional Culture Wars sense. He’s cajoling the faculty back to some type of “core” curriculum but pushing the university toward more scientific studies. ... The Good News: There seems to a consensus that things should be somewhat radically tightened up. ... He’s definitely walking a tightrope, though. Very subtle diplomacy going on in Cambridge. ... Curious to see what happens.
FYI: If anyone thinks this doesn’t mean a lot to our local and national education and economic systems, they have a screw loose. Harvard doesn’t have the clout it once had, but it still has enormous, enormous clout. ...