Clark Kerr Lectures
About Clark KerrClark Kerr (1911-2003) joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1945 as an associate professor of industrial relations. A labor economist, Kerr attended Swarthmore before enrolling at Stanford University and then Berkeley to earn his doctorate. He acquired his first faculty position at the University of Washington before coming to Berkeley.
In 1952, he was appointed to the newly created position of UC Berkeley chancellor and, from 1952-1958, guided the scope and organization of that position and helped direct the campus's physical growth. In 1958, he became president of the UC system. He spearheaded the negotiation of California's Master Plan for Higher Education, a 1960 document that endures to this day and is considered a model plan by many states and other nations.
While leading the UC's expansion to three new campuses, Kerr also wrestled with growing campus unrest including the Free Speech Movement. Under pressure by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, the UC Board of Regents fired Kerr in 1967. He went on to lead the influential Carnegie Commission on Higher Education from 1967-1973, and then its successor the Carnegie Council on Policy Issues in Higher Education until 1979. Combined, the Commission and the Council produced over 150 seminal reports and books on the condition and future of higher education. He completed his memoirs, The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949-1967, shortly before his death in 2003.
Industrialism and Industrial Man: the Problems of Labor and Management in Economic Growth (with John T. Dunlop, Frrederick H. Harbison, Charles A. Myers). Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1960.
The Uses of the University. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1964. (Godkin Lectures, 1963). Fifth edition, with additional chapters and new preface, 2001.
Marshall, Marx, and Modern Times: The Multi-Dimensional Society. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1969.
Education and National Development: Reflections from an American Perspective during a Period of Global Reassessment. Nairobi, Kenya: University of Nairobi (afropress ltd.), 1979.
The Future of Industrial Societies--Convergence or Continuing Diversitiy? Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1983.
The Many Lives of Academic Presidents: Time, Place & Character (with Marian L. Gade). Washington, D.C.: Association of Governng Boards of Universities and Colleges, 1986.
The Guardians: Boards of Trustees of American Colleges and Universities, What They Do and How Well They Do It (with Marian L. Gade). Washington, D.C.: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, 1989.
The Great Transformation in Higher Education: 1960-1980. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991.
Troubled Times for American Higher Education: The 1990s and Beyond. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.
Higher Education Cannot Escape History: Issues for the Twenty-first Century. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.
Academic Triumphs. Volume I of The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949-1967. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
Political Turmoil. Volume II of The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949-1967. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.
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