Rachel Aviv on John Sexton's tenure as the president of New York Sexton joined the faculty of New York University School of Law the next. John Sexton, the fifteenth president of New York University, joined NYU School of Law's faculty in , was named the Law School's dean in , and. John Sexton is President Emeritus of New York University, the Dean Emeritus of NYU Law School, and the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law. He joined the Law.
In , Sexton was named dean of the New York University School of Law, succeeding. Dean Emeritus John Sexton joined Dean Trevor Morrison and @ProfMMurray for a discussion of his new book, STANDING FOR REASON: The. John Sexton, the fifteenth president of New York University, joined NYU School of Law's faculty in , was named the Law School's dean in , and.
In , Sexton was named dean of the New York University School of Law, succeeding. Now 76, Sexton teaches a class called "Baseball as a Road to God" to undergraduates, and also teaches at NYU Law and at NYU Abu Dhabi. Dean Emeritus John Sexton joined Dean Trevor Morrison and @ProfMMurray for a discussion of his new book, STANDING FOR REASON: The.
He joined the Law School faculty inwas named the School's Dean in ; he served in this capacity for fourteen years. He was named the University's President inand served in that sextton until January 1, He is an author of a leading casebook on Civil Procedure.
He also is law author of Redefining john Supreme Court's Role: A Theory of Managing laaw Federal Court System a treatment of the Supreme Court's sexton selection process in addition to several other nyk, numerous chapters, articles nyu Supreme Court briefs. His latest book is Standing for Reason. John latest book law Standing for Reason nyu, which addresses nyu trends in global civil john and higher education. He holds honorary degrees from 22 universities. He married Lisa Goldberg in Their two children are Jed and Katie Sexton.
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Sexton grew up listening to the radio personality Jean Shepherd, and his primary method of relating to people is to tell long, folksy stories. At times, his impulse to break into narrative seems beyond his control; homilies and anecdotes come tumbling out of him.
In long screeds on faculty Listservs, professors accused him of hiding some secret master plan for the university. How organized do you think this administration is? There is not an alternative John in there. Sexton was the dean of the law school for thirteen years before he became president, and during that time he did little to endear himself to the neighborhood. The law school built a nine-story tower by dismantling a town house, erected in , where Edgar Allan Poe once lived.
Sexton maintains that the house was remodelled so many times during the past century that its significance was only symbolic. To appeal to government and business leaders, Sexton has tried to repackage a liberal-arts education as something that has measurable value. At a panel that he moderated for a conference called Creative New York, in , he opened the event by boasting about the concentration of college and graduate students in the city. Then he turned to the dancer and choreographer Bill T.
Are we serious? Sexton likes to joke that he will turn any institution he leads into a version of his Jesuit high school, Brooklyn Prep. As a student there, in the late fifties, he was enraptured by a teacher named Charlie Winans, whom students called Mr. Francis of Assisi. He lives and breathes this Charlie ethos. Sexton grew up in Belle Harbor, Queens, in a family well versed in the spiritually motivating language of Alcoholics Anonymous. His sister, Adrienne Beck, recalls sitting in the front row of a school assembly when she saw her brother make his announcement.
The team was called the Society. On Monday nights, Sexton played classical music and showed the girls slides of sculptures and paintings; on Tuesday nights, they discussed literature. He spent fifteen years as coach, and the team won the national championship five times. During this period, he married one of his former students after a few years, the marriage was annulled and held a number of teaching jobs: he worked at Brooklyn Prep and St. Preparation Center, a multicity franchise.
He made us feel that what we were doing was very deep and important. After writing his dissertation, on Charles Eliot, a leader in the Unitarian movement and the longest-serving president of Harvard, Sexton enrolled at Harvard Law School. At thirty-three, he was the oldest student in the class and resembled Paul Bunyan, sporting a bushy beard and a red flannel shirt that he wore nearly every day. Sexton refused to spend a night apart from her, a rule he followed for the first eight years of their marriage.
Sexton joined the faculty of New York University School of Law the next year, at a time when the institution placed little emphasis on scholarship. Many tenured professors worked at law firms downtown, leaving their school offices empty. Former students showed up, too. After Sexton was appointed dean of the law school, in , he called some of the best legal scholars in the country and invited them to move into eight spacious dorm rooms.
In exchange, they participated in forums, and helped to create an intellectual community. When he interviewed these candidates, he sometimes lowered his knee to the ground in genuflection.
He created what he called the first Global Law School, comprising a group of twenty scholars visiting from other countries. Linda Silberman, a law professor on the committee that reviewed the global program, was skeptical about the scope of the transformation.
First wait and see how it works. In , the chair of N. His attention to faculty recruitment helped the law school rise as high as fourth place in the U.
The following year, Lipton convinced Sexton that he was the right person to lead the university. Because of N. The president of N. In , N. After a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board, Sexton and the labor leader John Sweeney, whom he knew socially, helped negotiate the terms of the deal.
Two years later, students at Brown tried to unionize, prompting the N. More than twenty-five university presidents privately urged Sexton not to renew N. The N. Dissenting members on the N. Given the perilous academic job market, the traditional justification for refusing the union—the idea that graduate students were apprentices, preparing for a lifelong vocation—no longer resonated.
For many Ph. The union had succeeded in winning a nearly forty-per-cent increase in compensation for graduate students and significant gains in health-care benefits, but, after nearly a year of deliberation, Sexton decided that it had been a failed experiment. At a university meeting, with two open microphones, Sexton told an audience of three hundred that the rules of industry corroded the trust between professors and graduate students.
He reiterated the concerns of the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, the feminist scholar Catharine Stimpson, who had warned that the process of collective bargaining could impose excessive standardization on teaching, and blur the line between setting work conditions and making academic decisions.
At the meeting, students and faculty members complained that Sexton had discounted their opinions and rejected their requests for transparency. The following fall, more than a hundred graduate students went on strike. Fifty-seven protesters were arrested for disorderly conduct, and several graduate students lost their teaching positions and stipends. He encountered sidewalk etchings of himself with horns, and received a flood of hate mail.
Perhaps to justify his discomfort, he told himself that he was making a personal sacrifice for the good of the university. You have a president who was taught to think that crucifixion is a good thing. The only time Sexton contemplated resigning was in the winter of When he walked into the bedroom to ask his wife, Lisa, if she was ready for dinner, she said that she wanted to finish what she was reading, an essay by an astrophysicist about parallel universes.
He returned thirty minutes later to find her unconscious. In his eulogy, Sexton said that he subscribed to C. Say what you will.
Do what you will. Arthur R. She is alive as far as John is concerned. Sexton is constantly rehearsing and revising his story of himself, folding each episode of his life into a larger narrative, taking care to connect the themes.
Instead, he focussed on opening a new campus in Abu Dhabi, a project that had excited Lisa, who ran a foundation devoted to education and urban affairs. He was served tea and a large plate of dates. The scene has assumed a central place in the Sexton canon of stories.
So I swallowed the pit. Where was I going to put it? In my pocket? On a campus pressed for space, a global network of study-abroad sites—visited by almost forty per cent of undergraduates—creates room for more students in less costly environments. He locked us out of the greater discussion. Its twenty-seven buildings have been constructed in the past three years by seven thousand guest workers, mostly from South Asia. Four hundred palm trees will be planted on the grounds, which will also have two soccer fields, an Olympic-size pool, and a larger performance center than the ones for students in Greenwich Village.
The three-and-a-half-million-square-foot campus is being paid for by its owner, the government of Abu Dhabi, which has one of the largest oil reserves in the world.
Citizens of the Emirates can receive a free public education through graduate school, and the government has extended this luxury to students at N. Abu Dhabi, which accepts about two hundred students a year.
Sexton told me that N. During the school year, Sexton travels to the Emirates every two weeks to teach two classes on the relationship between church and state. When I travelled with him in June, the airline sent an S. On our way, he persuaded the flight attendant to take classes in N.
The next morning, we visited the new campus, on Saadiyat Island. A decade ago, the island, which juts into the Persian Gulf, was a large expanse of mangroves and sand. We went on a Friday, the first day of the weekend in the Emirates, and less than a third of the workers were at the campus. In an improvised parking lot, there were three white buses that shuttled workers to barracks, ten minutes away, after they finished their shifts.
It was windy and nearly a hundred degrees, and our view of the St. Regis hotel, the closest structure to campus, was partly obscured by gusts of sand.
Sexton, who wore slacks and a Fire Island T-shirt, stood outside the entrance of the school, which was covered in scaffolding, and said that sixty years ago Abu Dhabi had only a few buildings, most of them Bedouin forts. After leaving the campus, we had dim sum at Shang Palace, a Chinese restaurant in a luxury hotel. Ali Al Mansoori, the director of the Higher Colleges of Technology, the largest institution of higher education in the Emirates, was waiting for us at the table.
He was the only person in the room in traditional dress, in a white dishdasha and, on his head, a ghutra. Sexton, who drank two Diet Cokes and a coffee in quick succession, began sharing statistics about N. The schools were dependent on tuition, and failed to attract enough students.
For similar reasons, N. The question is, what is the price for the student? What subsidy is provided? His work on the essay had been interrupted by calls from administrators in Greenwich Village, who were trying to limit fallout from a report about professors and administrators at N.
After the votes of no confidence in New York, the London study-away site was preparing to take a vote on his leadership, too. In the car after lunch, Sexton listened on the phone to the concerns of the administrators, calmly reassuring them.
His buoyancy was only slightly tempered after the phone call; it usually takes about twenty minutes for the wave of dejection to pass. In conversations with people in Abu Dhabi, where he was still treated as a visionary, he avoided discussing faculty unrest except to say, vaguely, twice, that he hoped to turn lemons into lemonade.
The collegial community whose loss professors are mourning in Washington Square appears to be in full flower in the Emirates. The faculty and the administration at N. Abu Dhabi have an open, congenial relationship, and the professors have built the curriculum from scratch. Nationality is no longer the organizing rubric for disciplines in the humanities; literature, for instance, is divided into classes focussed on particular genres with texts translated from multiple languages.
Abu Dhabi has freed itself of N. But the school has little viability as a model for higher education, since it depends on the extraordinary largesse of a government patron. The associate dean of arts and humanities, Shamoon Zamir, who used to chair the faculty council at N.
Abu Dhabi, was surprised to discover that the New York faculty saw the Abu Dhabi professors as sellouts, even traitors, for profiting, indirectly, from the project of an autocrat. When Zamir sat in on a university-senate meeting in New York, he was alarmed by the way professors talked about the Emirates.
The critiques of N. Abu Dhabi reached a peak after the Arab Spring, when the Emirates government detained several democracy activists, including a lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of the Sorbonne. A hundred and thirty N. Sexton insisted that he was adhering to the same principles that the university had always followed: N. Cyrus Patell, an English professor at N. He referred to Our Truth but also to their truths. I was under the impression there can only be one truth.
There cannot be two things that are true that contradict each other. I am a cradle Catholic. I remain Catholic because it is within Catholicism that God has given himself to me in sacrament, scripture and community. I have no illusion that there is any perfect Christian community. There never has been.
So are you saying that Christ was incapable or providing a perfect way to attain salvation or that He didn't provide one? I am not saying that humans perform this way perfectly but does the perfect way exist? By the way pun , the early Church was known as "The Way. This term is currently popular as a pilgrimage to Santiago or the Camino de Santiago or the Way to Santiago. Thank you all for reading. Let's continue to pray for thought and dialogue.
Cosgrove, your criticism of Vatican II's teaching on ecumenism one of the 10 non-negotiable principles of Vatican II according to the late Cardinal Avery Dulles SJ and the recognition of truth in other faith traditions reminds me of William F. I will look at it later and see if Bishop Sheen provides a reason why one should be a Catholic.
But if ecumenism in the form that truth resides in other faiths is the current teaching, then I cannot see any reason why one should be a Catholic other than personal preference. Such as I am a St. Louis Cardinal fan. It becomes just one among many options and that doesn't lead to anything goes but to it really doesn't matter which of the many options I choose.
I am going to an Alpha session tonight and will see what is said other than being a do-gooder. Salai, I watched the video and did not see anything that answered my question by the way I have no trouble answering the question. I just think the current Church cannot answer it or wont. I also didn't see anything that I thought was positive about Vatican II or ecumenism. The most interesting thing was that there was strong awareness that Church attendance was deteriorating in I also saw in the discussion by Bishop Sheen an intense desire of the Church to enter politics as a way to justify itself in a modern world.
I am a firm believer that the Church should stay out of politics because whatever position it takes it will not be right and there will be lots of negatives. Cosgrove, thank you for engaging the discussion. I also do not have any problem answering that question, but I feel wary when people ask rhetorical questions they have already answered as you now confirm for themselves, as it typically does not lead to productive dialogue in my experience.
As I'm sure you know, the Catholic Church contains the fullness of truth, but teaches that we may find truth in many different places -- for example, as the early Church did in pagan Greek philosophy.
Augustine and Aquinas who himself received much criticism for "baptizing" the pagan Aristotle believed that truth is truth no matter where we find it. The part of the video that I thought relevant to your question came when Archbishop Sheen spoke about the need to soften some of the sharp black-and-white distinctions between the Catholic and non-Catholic world; the popular belief that anything not formally branded by the Church as "Roman Catholic" could not contain any truth had caused great harm witness the Feeneyism of Fr.
Feeney SJ in many circles that took it to extremes. When people tend toward simplistic answers based on authority the weakest validity for an argument according to Aquinas rather than rigorous examination of whether something is actually true, we get the sort of ideological dogmatism in a negative sense that Sexton seems to be discussing.
Rather than reasoning things out, we settle for simple answers to complex problems. While you are certainly entitled to your opinions, Catholic social teaching does suggest a role for the Catholic Church in politics, as John Paul II exhibited and this speaks to Sheen's point about Communist meetings emphasizing transcendence that Buckley concedes in the video by taking such a strong geopolitical stand against Communism, especially in publicly supporting the Solidarity movement of s Poland.
By your logic, it seems he committed a great sin by taking a policy stance against global Communism, as did Moses and by extension God himself by leading the enslaved Hebrews out of Egypt rather than remaining politically neutral as the Pharaoh preferred. Time and again, God liberates his people from political oppression see Maccabees as well in the Scriptures, and blanket prohibitions against all political involvement whatsoever do not resolve these issues in my opinion.
But let's agree to disagree and continue to pray for one another. Wow, thank you for the reply. You are the first to do so. I made my comment many times because numerous articles on this site asked how could the Church keep young people Catholic given the abuse crisis or in other places given the Church's dogma on homosexuality. But none suggested why anyone should be a Catholic in the first place or why shouldn't everyone be a Catholic?
I ask the question rhetorically because I know there is an answer to my question but no one gives it which I find curious. It would then be the basis for the answer to both the issues I mentioned.
There are obviously other issues besides these two but I bring these two up as examples. As far as truths, I believe there is only one truth but is that what we are talking about. I get the feeling that what is meant by other truths are things claimed by other religions that contradicts Catholic doctrine.
And Catholics should accept this as possible truth. If it is truth, it is truth. The Church never intended to encompass all truth, for example how the universe was made, how life progressed, how best to satisfy people needs to live etc.
In terms of people in other religions, I have found many of them some of the best people I have ever met even if I find their beliefs incorrect. The best example are the Young Earth Creationists. As far as politics I still believe the Church should remain out of it unless it is called for by Church dogma.
By universal acceptance there is no one best way for people to be organized so for the Church to have a position is guaranteed to be wrong on many aspects. The greatest example of the Church being egregiously wrong on social policy is the "Great Chain of Being" endorsed by the Church for well over a thousand years and led to oppression for nearly all its members.
Their freedom resulted from Protestant religious wars in England and Holland. Liberation Theology will also lead to oppression. The Church's expertise is morality, not social or economic policy. He expected great expectations but we got just the opposite. I wonder if what the Church taught afterwards was the main reason. About 20 years ago I talked to some Catholic high school students about what they were getting taught in religion and it seemed superficial.
Benedict seems to indicate changes in Church theology in his long essay a few months ago. There was a lot more than speculation about what exacerbated the abuse crisis. I'll try to answer that;its a curious question. If ones believes that the Catholic Church contains the most truth that can be known regarding the mystery of existence , the most that can be known of God in relation to man, then one would WANT to be a Catholic.
However outside this revealed truth about God and his connection to man, contained in the Catholic Church, in other religions there are some truths about God, about the mystery of being too.
Any truth about God has value in knowing. So if all you know or believe about God is that he is all powerful and we are not, [primitive beliefs ; God[s] are powerful and can harm or help us so lets make offerings to God to appease and please them so they won't harm us] that is something true; we are not all powerful, there is a greater power[s] and what we do matters to the more powerful[ but not the blood offerings, primitives thought; that truth about God; "blood offerings I don't want", Christ subsequently revealed].
If all you know about God is the Old Testament, that is a deeper truth about God too; he chooses humans as his own,[ the Israelites then, but as Christ subsequently revealed, all humanity], is involved with us and expects a moral code of us, for example. Or in the Hindu religion that ones ethical behavior matters supernaturally ;karma; that too is a truth about God; God is good and our behavior vis a vis others matters to God,All religions contain some truths about God as God[ creator, sustainer, powerful , knowledgeable] or in relation to man; concerned with our ethical behavior.
So we have to reevaluate that past notion. We can take from what Jesus does tell us, that He is present in the least of these. Ergo how we live ,our ethics vis a vis others is itself an encounter with Christ, and can be an acceptance of Christ.
Or, we can say that there can exist cryptic Catholics; not adhering consciously to the tenets of the Catholic Church, but in how they live, their concerns and ways of living and trying to live as decent human beings, which aproximates conformity with Christ; for such people, be they professed atheists or of other religions, Christ, who knows his own, knows them as his followers.
So to answer your question J Cosgrove, ;One is a professed Catholic not as an "aught", it's not a moral imperative, not out of moral necessity or because the church's teachings are more ethical, more humane then non Catholic teachings, or because only consciously baptized professed Catholics get to heaven, but because in ones heart one has accepted the gift offered you; that the most that has been revealed about God in relation to humanity, is contained in the Catholic Church which Jesus Christ instituted.
Not all accept the gift, not all need to accept the gift, but all ARE saved by Christ's incarnation and many [if not all one day? One should be a Catholic only if one IS a Catholic i. Rose-Ellen, i was taught by nuns, Christian brothers and Jesuits, that there is a God, Christ is God as part of the Trinity and died so we could be saved, and Christ then established a Church to help us achieve salvation.
If these three things are true, then the Catholic Church was established by God. The question for each individual is do we believe this? The problem has always been about belief. The goal of the Catholic Church since the beginning has been to lead people to salvation. The Church can help us get to heaven; it can be a source for deepening our faith, a comfort, a restorer of faith, and a source of holy joy, a means to examine ones conscience and vow to turn away from sin.
How would I feel[ yes feel] I wonder if there really were no Catholic church,no Catholic faith , no beautiful buildings, no other believers, no catholic mass, or catholic prayers, rituals sacraments anymore on the face of the earth. Could I really reason my way to being a christian;would not the temptation to be a materialistic atheist not win me over in a snatch?
Do you read what these very brilliant atheists say? They are quite compelling. Would existence itself not seem to me to be even more terrifyingly empty then it often does anyway? Maybe the Orthodox church's have it[but they are rather ghettoized in the world due to the political conditions of Earth] which just shows how they are really one,in spirit. And all christian denominations partake of the reality of the church which Christ instituted,but Roman Catholicism, has substance on earth, it has power, presence even with all its crimes and errors and horrific sins,and that it does in spite of its scandals is indicative of it having a connection with Jesus Christ.
I believe it. Since Christ has already redeemed us,. If God is good then it cannot simply mean that if you don't happen to believe in the faith, if you don't happen to have been baptized in the church, Christ's saving act of redeeming mankind from eternal death and damnation [separation from the good; the holiness of existence;God himself; Jesus our flesh and blood brother God] does not apply to you. It makes no sense; only a relative handful of humans are and ever will be outright professed baptized Catholics.
There is no sin in that; no willful turning against God; from truth, from life.. But what Christ says is true nevertheless; Jesus is the way the truth and the life for all humanity. So though the church is a very real expression and promoter of that fact , that fact holds true for everyone.
Some recognize the gift that is the church and some don't. Its not a sin to not ; it can't be, for God is good. So there are other ways of accepting Christ then calling oneself a Catholic and being baptized. There has to be, for God is good and has redeemed us all. Vatican 2 had to make this clear and explicit;the Holy Spirit willed it for it's the truth! In philosophy and rhetoric, eristic from Eris, the ancient Greek goddess of chaos, strife, and discord refers to argument that aims to successfully dispute another's argument, rather than searching for truth.
Thank you Rhett for using this code word in real life comments which so aptly designates much modern discourse. I have a hard time accepting that either this or dialectic gives rise to truth.