Peter Wood in Society Magazine

Ashley Thorne

NAS president Peter Wood has an article, “The Sixties Came Late to Bowdoin,” in the May/June 2013 issue of the scholarly journal Society, which publishes articles and research on the social sciences.

His piece, based on research for the National Association of Scholars’ report What Does Bowdoin Teach?, was part of a Society symposium, “Higher Education and the Challenges of Reform.” Dr. Wood wrote:

Bowdoin is an old college with an inflexion point in 1969. Before that year the college, despite numerous incremental changes, was recognizably one thing. After that year it was something else entirely.

He went on to discuss the pivotal changes that took place at Bowdoin College in 1969; the result of those changes (“The New Bowdoin”) in the curriculum; and how the Bowdoin of today treats sex, “sustainability,” and “diversity.”

Dr. Wood presented on this paper at a joint event of Society and the Manhattan Institute on October 24, 2012, on “Changes in Higher Education Since the 1960s.”

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