the publication of her book, Creating the
Cold War University: The Transformation of Stanford (University
of California Press, 1997), Rebecca S. Lowen touched off new controversy
around a crucial period in Stanford's history. The book, which started
as Lowen's doctoral thesis at Stanford,
examines the school's emergence as a national research powerhouse and
its role both as a model and as a case study of the mechanisms that
drove such transformation.
Stanford Today invited a group of eminent
Stanford scholars to discuss the book and its findings. The forum was
moderated by David Ritson, emeritus professor in the Physics Department.
The panelists included:
a historian who first came to Stanford in 1958 as professor of history
and became, in turn, vice president, provost, and president from 1970 to
1980. After leaving Stanford, he served as president of the Rockefeller
Foundation. He returned to campus in 1988 to head the Institute for
International Studies, where he is now a senior research fellow.
BARTON BERNSTEIN, a historian of public policy and Stanford professor since
1965. He is the author of several books, including The Atomic
Bomb: The Critical Issues. He was Rebecca Lowen's thesis
ROBERT ROSENZWEIG, a political scientist who came to Stanford in 1962 and
served as university associate dean, vice provost, and vice president.
He left Stanford in 1983 to become president of the Association of
American Universities until 1993.