University of the United States Volume 1-2; March 10, 1896
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ...about this end than even the establishment of a national university would have been, yet all will admit that the presence in a Federal capital of scholars and scientists who are drawn from all parts of the country, and are afterwards to be leaders in their own spheres, would have a most potent influence in developing this sense of harmony and solidarity on which Washington, after the importance of learning, laid the greatest stress. Think of the effect of such an institution in kindling patriotism and loyalty and awakening public spirit among educated men, and through them among all classes of the community. I recall the glorious description which Thucydides gives of Athens at the time of the Peloponnesian war. He explains why the Athenians have shown such spirit, why they are so proud of their country, and are sacrificing their lives to support her. Foremost of all the incentives to patriotism he places the ideal goods of art and science and literature and philosophy which Greece, and Athens especially, had contributed to the world. I hope this Republic of ours, the largest the world has yet seen, will some day equal the smallest in its service to higher civilization. Animated by this sense of national vocation, I believe most heartily in the establishment at Washington, under the auspices and with the support of the Federal Government, of a national university devoted, not to the teaching of undergraduates, but, first, to the guidance of graduates in research and investigation, and, secondly, to the enlargement of learning and scholarship, the progress of art, science, and philosophy, the elevation of professional and industrial pursuits, and, in a word, the promotion of civilization and the best interests of humanity. Truly, yours, J. G. Schurman (Presid...
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