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The Closing of the American Mind
Re-Encountering Allan Bloom

A cultural historian and music critic reflects on the campus unrest he chronicled as an undergraduate—and why, so many years later, Allan Bloom’s prophecies about higher education have come to fulfillment.

Published on: January 19, 2020
Joseph Horowitz is the author of ten books dealing with the American musical experience. A former Executive Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic at BAM, he has long served as Executive Director of PostClassical Ensemble, an experimental chamber orchestra in Washington, DC. His blog “The Unanswered Question,” at www.artsjournal.com, explores in further detail the Burleigh and Farwell events discussed in this article.
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