Education: Ivory Tower Tempest

For years the Institute for Advanced Study hummed quietly with the intellectual energies of men like Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer. Now the halls of its large Georgian central building, set on an isolated wooded hilltop near Princeton University, are filled with outraged mutterings about "breach of confidence," "contemptible conduct" and "second-rate scholarship." This uncharacteristic rancor surrounds an epic struggle between a majority of the institute's faculty and its director, Economist Carl Kaysen.

The immediate issue is whether Sociologist Robert N. Bellah, 46, a professor at Berkeley, is worthy of being named to...

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