Education: How to Live Dangerously

Speaking of the president of Brown University, Dean McGeorge Bundy of Harvard University once remarked: "We all go to school under Henry Wriston." Last week, when Brown's Wriston, 65, announced that he would soon retire, he was in fact announcing the departure of one of U.S. higher education's top elder statesmen.

Over the last 20 years few voices have been raised with more authority or listened to with more respect than Henry Merritt Wriston's. Sometimes it seemed the voice of a scolding gadfly bent on stirring up the fuddy-duddies, but always it was...

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