The Winds of Freedom, Addressing Challenges to the University

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Stanford University’s unofficial motto, “Die Luft der Freiheit weht” (translated as “The wind of freedom blows”), was the theme of Gerhard Casper’s 1992 inaugural address as Stanford president. In his speech, he talked about the nine aspects of a university’s freedom. Twenty years later, as president emeritus, Gerhard Casper reflects on the freedoms of and at the university in his new book, The Winds of Freedom: Addressing Challenges to the University. The freedoms of and at the university in a historical, philosophical, ethical and experiential context is the subject of this talk. Casper explores the complexities faced by the leadership of research-intensive universities, especially, but not only, those of the United States; issues regarding campus speech and campus diversity, government regulation and politics, affirmative action; and the role of the research-intensive university, its faculty and students, in the pursuit of knowledge.


Type of resource sound recording-nonmusical
Place Stanford (Calif.)
Language English


Sponsor Stanford Historical Society
Speaker Casper, Gerhard


Subject Stanford University
Genre Lectures

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Location SC0683
Repository Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives

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Stanford Historical Society program recordings, 1997-2022

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