Education: College for Grownups

Almost every big-city university has a flourishing adult-education program, but Columbia University's "Extension" has long been something special. It has given the usual courses in "The Care and Mending of Children's Underwear" and "How a City Man Can Succeed in Farming." But students have also been able to take philosophy under John Dewey, anthropology under Ruth Benedict, literature under John Erskine, law under Harold Medina, theology under Reinhold Niebuhr. Extension has been a bargain counter loaded with first-rate goods. Over the years, thousands of adults—from Critic Lionel Trilling to Baseballer Lou Gehrig...

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