It makes me think about the first times in India for him and seeing the people lying on the side of the road. In my opinion that’s what started — he already had the feeling, but it’s what got him going.

Another aspect of Bob – he was a very close evaluator of what he did, and this is what led to these experiential programs, which were completely different from the classic political philosophy classroom approach that he came to Williams with. To make a real shift in your pedagogy in mid career, why did he […]

I think he felt that some Williams students were innocents, which of course they were.

I think the older the department member, the more likely to reject experiential education. It’s not what we’re used to and it may be kind of old-fashioned to oppose it, and I do think now that experiential education has its virtues although I would perhaps confine it more often to the Winter Study period than […]

Experiential education to him meant the importance of experience, but not raw experience. The importance of consciously, thoughtfully imbibed experience for a person’s intellectual development. Let me explain the qualifications. Experience can be anything. You know, you go out and play football, it’s an experience. Or you go out and shovel your sidewalk. Experience is […]

I was familiar with India because I had been there as a Fulbright Scholar in 1963. India was a dangerous place to one’s health. That was before the Green Revolution and in a big Indian city at that time the sanitation department would come and pick up the corpses off the sidewalks and streets every […]

I don’t think he would’ve taken students to Oxford. He would’ve taken students to India and to Mogadishu, to Appalachia, to some place to give them a jolt. Not to give them something that they would relate easily to, but to give them something that would shake them up, make them change their perceptions. The […]

It was a tough sell. He worked for a couple of years to get that funded and accepted as a part of the curriculum and spent every waking hour on it and his conversation was just India, India, India, all the time. I remember we’d have a dinner at our house when we lived out […]

I’m not a great believer in educational experiments. On the other hand, Bob seemed to get results no matter what he did. I thought whatever he did was gonna to work out not because of the way he was doing it but because he was the one doing it. My reaction would be if Bob […]

Jim Burns and I remember we talked about this. We’re not at all certain that these experiential jaunts were worth the extraordinary, extraordinary investment that the college was asked to provide. Keep in mind, initially he wanted a whole year out of a student’s four-year life in this college. He, Gaudino himself. The first semester […]


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