For a Kinder, Gentler Society
A Dam in the River
Releasing the Flow of University Ideas
  • Jeff Camhi
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A Dam in the River. Releasing the Flow of University Ideas
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The huge reservoir of ideas at America's and the world's great universities and colleges constitutes a vital national resource. But tragically, this resource is largely dammed up on campus; academia shares its ideas with the public only to a very limited extent. Everyone loses. This book shows how this tragic situation developed, and how to open the academic sluice gates for everyone's benefit.


About the Author

Jeff Camhi was born in New York City; he received his BA and his PhD in biology, from Tufts and Harvard, respectively. he then taught at Cornell for 15 years, becoming a full professor in 1980. Following a sabbatical year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he accepted a job offer and moved with his family to Israel. He has been a full professor at the Hebrew University for the past 30 years. For most of his career, his field of research has been the neural basis of animal behavior.

At about the time of the new millennium, his long-term interest in public education was re-kindled. Dr. Camhi is now Emeritus Professor, Life Sciences Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Founding Director, Nature Park & Galleries, a unique "open-campus museum" of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem whose mission is sharing a broad range of academic ideas with a broad public.

About the Book
A Dam in the River challenges the academic culture and conventions that leave the vast majority of Americans out of contact with university ideas. The book shows what types of university ideas are important for the general public and why,...
A Dam in the River challenges the academic culture and conventions that leave the vast majority of Americans out of contact with university ideas. The book shows what types of university ideas are important for the general public and why, reveals several reasons why public access to these ideas is so limited, and offers a comprehensive strategy for opening the sluice gates and letting the ideas flow, at little or no financial cost. The book shows how anyone, on- or off-campus, could help implement this strategy, for the benefit of all.
What types of benefit can ideas provide? An idea can change a mind, change a life, change the world.
In five years of research for the book, Dr. Camhi conducted 155 in-depth interviews of presidents and other academic leaders at 26 of America's most distinguished universities and colleges, plus 13 additional academic organizations. He also carried out surveys, analyzed other national surveys, calculated the numbers of Americans engaged in various campus-based activities, studied the content of these activities, and analyzed the writings of America's greatest academic leaders.
A Dam in the River is written in a popular style, and with a touch of humor. Readers require no academic background. The book is intended to inspire, and then help guide, a movement to make the ideas generated at America's great universities and colleges accessible to all Americans, for the public good.
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John H. Falk, Ph.D., Director, Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, Oregon State University | More »
Dudley Herschbach, Nobel Laureate | More »
Donald Kennedy, Past Editor-in-Chief of \'Science\' | More »
Frank Rhodes, President Emeritus, Cornell University | More »
Alice S. Huang, past President, American Association for the Advancement of Science | More »
Russell A. Berman, Past President, Modern Language Association | More »
Mary Walshok, Associate Vice Chancellor, Dean and Director of University Extension, University of California, San Diego | More »

Pages 246
Year: 2013
BISAC: EDU002000
BISAC: EDU036000
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