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Submitted by Jonathan E Burack (United States), May 10, 2021 at 21:03

I sympathize with every word of this. I was class of "64 at Adams House. House Master (yes, we so called him proudly) Rueben Brower was also my freshman literature professor and I learned from him an appreciation of close reading that has stood me in good stead producing history curriculum materials for schools for decades now. Oscar Handlin and Bernard Bailyn were crucial for me. I fear I did not make as good use of the place as I might have. But I thank God I went there before the pathetic unraveling that soon consumed the place. I recall at our dinner table was a young economic guy named Donald McCloskey, whom we all considered the smartest guy in the House.. He is now she -- Deirdre McCloskey, but her much more significant change was from Marxist number crunching to soft-hearted libertarian celebrator of the free market driven Great Enrichment of the past three centuries.

I fear that Harvard no longer nurtures the ground from which the seeds of this kind of maturation can over time sprout and grow.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Nude co-ed swimming only began when women moved into Adams House. If memory serves, that was in 1970.

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