Pointing Our Thoughts

Foreword by Hanna Holborn Gray

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Published to commemorate the decade-long Harvard presidency of Neil L. Rudenstine, Pointing Our Thoughts comprises a selection of his many speeches and writings, which vividly address major themes and issues vital to higher education today:

  • the educational importance of diversity;
  • the enduring value of the humanities;
  • the potential of new technologies to enhance learning;
  • the profound benefits of basic research;
  • the University's unfolding international agenda;
  • developments in the professions and public service; and
  • the singular power of education to transform lives.

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Copyright © 2001 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College
Illustration copyright © 2001 by Barry Moser