by John H. Stibbs and John Edgar Browning
A Quarter Century of Student Life at Tulane: A Dean’s Narrative History, 1949-1975, Amazon Prime Paperback
In his extraordinary memoir about his 25-year career as Dean of Students at Tulane University from the late 1940s through mid-1970s, John Stibbs gives his personal observations and anecdotes in an engaging insider’s look at some of Tulane’s most complex and controversial moments in its history as an institution. Completed shortly before his untimely death in 1975, the same year he was to retire, Stibbs’s memoir found its way in subsequent years to a used bookstore in the French Quarter where in 2010 it was finally discovered by PhD candidate at SUNY-Buffalo John Edgar Browning,who edited and annotated the original typescript. Browning has illustrated Stibbs’s memoir with photos, facsimile reproductions of student “unrest” leaflets, articles from The Tulane Hullabalooand New Orleans’s daily newspaper The Times-Picayune, as well as some of Stibbs’s speeches and correspondence. A comprehensive index is provided. This is an invaluable reference work on the history of Tulane as well as the modernization of the American university system.
From the Back Cover
—Clarence L. Mohr, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of South Alabama, editor ofÂ The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Education,Â and co-author ofÂ Tulane: The Emergence of a Modern University, 1945-1980.
“The decades following World War II were a time of almost seismic change in higher education in the American South. As dramatic social, economic and demographic transformation came to the region, the aspirations of southern universities and their students began to shift profoundly, a shift that only picked up speed in the 1960s. This volume provides a first-hand account of what that tumultuous era looked like through the eyes of long time Tulane Dean of Students, John Stibbs. Stibbs’s memoirs give scholars of the period a fascinating window into this long running and deeply contested transformation from the perspective of a stalwart traditionalist and a university insider whose career spanned the heart of the period.”Â
—Melissa Kean, Ph.D., Centennial Historian at Rice University and author ofÂ Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South: Duke, Emory, Rice, Tulane, and Vanderbilt.
About the Author
John H. Stibbs joined the English faculty at Tulane University and became Dean of Students in 1953, serving in that capacity until his death in 1975. During that time he dealt with what he terms the time of troubles: of student power, anti-war demonstrations, integration, and gay rights, among others. He also became a prominent figure in the modernization of the American higher education system. With a doctorate from the University of Michigan (1942), he was both an instructor in Naval History and an aide to the Commander of the Gulf Sea Frontier before hiring on as a professor of English at Tulane in 1946. Besides his duties as Dean of Students at Tulane, he served as consultant on student affairs to Harvard Business School, the University of Chicago and the World Federation for Mental Health. He was asked by the Ford Foundation to consult universities in Pakistan, and was enlisted by the U.S. Department of State to consult the Free University of Berlin. Several classrooms and conference rooms today at Tulane are named for John H. Stibbs, and an award in his name is given annually to the outstanding undergraduate professor.