Mr. Wilson’s University

January 4th, 2010

Thumbing through a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, I came across an article entitled “Mr. Wilson’s University.” It discussed a conference held at Princeton that assessed the educational legacy of Woodrow Wilson, who had spent twenty years at Princeton, the last eight (1902-1910) as its president.  In the article, John Milton Cooper Jr., the author of a recent biography of Woodrow Wilson, describes Princeton’s relationship with Wilson as “ambivalent,” going on to assert that Princeton had managed to avoid “filiopietism, in contrast to ‘Mr. Jefferson’s University,’”  looking forward and not back. As an unreconstructed filiopietist, my curiosity was piqued.

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