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Cities of Knowledge by Margaret Pugh O'Mara

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“Multiversities,” Cities, and Suburbs

IN a series of lectures published in 1963 as The Uses of the University, University of California chancellor Clark Kerr outlined a new conception of the American research university—one increasingly integrated into the economics and culture of the rest of society and having a responsibility to apply its knowledge to the problems of the world outside its walls. It was, he argued, no longer simply a university but a “multiversity.” The tremendous increases in federal expenditures on research and development since 1945, particularly the rapid upswing in spending on basic research since Sputnik, had turned universities into powerful agents of social and economic change and created a new correspondence between ...

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