So here’s a guy who was an extraordinarily successful classroom teacher, you know, Socratic method, going off and doing this experiential education thing, very, very different, but still interested in these core ideas. Well, he was extremely interested in what he called “Public Authority,” this sort of the way public authority gets established, the way people relate to public authority, etc. That was one of the clear themes of Williams-at-Home and in a number of his courses. It’s these people who have positions of authority that are established by the public, the various forms of this, the difference from one country to another, the way different social groups have different attitudes toward public authority. So a gang member is going to view a judge very differently, you know, from a small businessman. All of that was part of it.

David Booth,
Former Political Science Professor