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Interview #16: Cadmus, Robert (1977)

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00:06:56–00:08:05 Comments on students of mid-seventies...

Comments on students of mid-seventies. Luxury of students in sixties.

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RC

Certainly that, it’s a cliché to say that campus life has sort of slipped back into the ‘50s. I think, it seems to me to be a fair assessment of the changes that have occurred in the last five years. People are much now talking primarily about undergraduates. And they’re much more concerned about getting an education that will prepare them for getting one of the few available jobs. They don’t sort of have the luxury that people had when I was an undergraduate, of being able to sort of undertake the search for knowledge and truth, and be able to take on various other causes on the side, for the sake of humanity, and still be able to sort of feed oneself afterwards. People now are in a little tougher position.

I’m saying this now, say for me in a different situation. Five years ago, the people who were getting PhDs, you know, could sort of–

LS

Could get a job.

RC

You could get five good job offers and take your pick. And now, most PhDs write many, many, many letters in order to find a job.

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