He used Plato’s metaphor of the cave as a way he understood the learning process and it was about going from darkness to light. In the cave, when you were dark everything was close, it was comfortable. You didn’t know it was dark. It was dark, but you didn’t know it and so you went […]

Prof. Gaudino had a habit, it might have been physical, part of his condition, or it might have been just a condition of his enthusiasm, but he would lean forward. And we were in a seminar, sort of a square room and I would usually sit to his right, I’m not sure why. And he’d […]

A sort of floating head.

Gaudino promoted the kind of enigma of teaching and sort of oracular things that you didn’t quite understand. He did what he could to remain relatively opaque as an individual personality with a history of his own. Sort of like a judge in a wig and robe. He was there like a judge with a […]

It’s like the theater performer who does something on stage that you want to run home and tell others about. But talking about it never does it justice. You have to be there and see it and experience it. It’s in the air.

I have heard it said, by people who would know, that Williams has had no class to equal the class of ’60, before or since.

Bob was teaching two courses both called “Methods in Political Science” or something. And one section he taught with a kind of methodological “How do you do research?” and the other was the one I was in, which was Methods with a completely different spin. A little saying at the top of the syllabus was […]

Well, I took an elementary political science course with Gaudino my freshman year. I was not then a very serious student and the results in that course showed it. My father had come east to go to Harvard Law School and was a lawyer who died suddenly in the middle of my junior year in […]

That was the fall of ’58. One evening we met was the night after the Deke house had burned down and he made some initial comments about it in terms of the fact that here we were in the warmth across the street and think about the vast majority of people in the world who […]

Lester was the smartest guy I’ve ever met. Our senior year we did a political economics major, we did a group project on the US income tax system under Kermit Gordon who went on to become director of the budget for Lyndon Johnson. We basically came up with what we thought was a better federal […]