Old Westbury Oral History Project

Education—Tradition: The College’s first president, Harris Wofford, believed deeply in a traditional Great Books curricula enlivened by Socratic dialogue between scholars and leavened by experience in the world. Many students, and some faculty, wanted greater freedom to direct the curricula away from the traditional canon. When re-established in 1972, the College embraced an interdisciplinary curriculum.

Everyone in Your Class Was Reading The Brothers Karamazov

Harris Wofford

Where Did You Learn That?

Carlos Russell

More and More Structure

Elizabeth Ewen

Being an Experimental College
Went by the Wayside

Samuel von Winbush

Reluctantly Adding Single Disciplines

John Maguire