James A. Joseph is Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University. Joseph served as the United States Ambassador to South Africa from 1996 to 2000, and as the Under Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior from 1977 to 1981. He was the President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, Vice President of the Cummins Engine Company, and served as Chaplain of the Claremont Colleges. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Order of Good Hope, South Africa’s highest award to a citizen of a foreign country. Joseph is also the author of
California: The Other War on Campus
At a time when students in academic institutions of all sorts were engaged in the civil rights struggle and the antiwar movement, the other war on campus was the debate about the moral use of knowledge. In this chapter the setting is the Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of seven independent institutions in California. When the author moved to Claremont to serve as chaplain, the idealism and activism sweeping the country in the 1960s had not yet visibly touched the Claremont campuses, renowned for their academic rigor. Within a few years, the campuses became hotbeds of protests and moral outrage, with the campus chaplain playing a major leadership role in raising serious questions about the civic responsibilities of a university. The decade that began with the celebration of the triumphs of the modern “multiversity” came to an end with students protesting the ends that universities chose to serve.