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Bon Voyage! 

For my last semester at Teachers College, Professor Lambros Comitas suggested that I take a class with Robbie.  He said to me, "It'll do you good, kid.  Good ol' Robbie will take care of you." Robbie's course did indeed "do me good." Every interaction and encounter with Robbie left me with an aspirational thirst to …

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Finding out what we do not know 

Time... Once upon a time, in 1981 or 1982...  Robbie and I spent an afternoon trying to network his Sony CP/M and my DECmate using a long serial cable... It did not work but we educated ourselves into much we did not know we did not know ("null modem"??) while wondering why we were trying …

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Mapping the World 

My conversations with Robbie over the years have invariably left me with new images and issues to ponder. I remember a presentation he gave at a faculty-student conference on globalization. He realized that while flying in a plane, that national boundaries could not be detected from the air. Rather, one saw mountains, trees, and rivers …

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Greatest Hits 

When I returned to graduate school in 2004 I was excited to plunge back into Theory, circling back to many of the great thinkers I had missed in college. As an undergrad I had always preferred courses which focused on one or two texts, and was skeptical of survey courses.  I wanted to immerse myself …

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Learning Pathways 

I made this piece as a response to the first lecture in Robbie's My Cannon. A passage from Robbie served as a jumping off point for my own reflections - and i think that mirrors in some ways his own observations for how we learn. The experience of the course highlighted for me the humaneness …

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Philosophy Outreach 

I had the pleasure of getting to know Robbie over Sunday night salons.  Every week, I looked forward to our spirited discussions of ideas and thinkers as diverse as Polyani, Simone Weil, Georg Simmel, Patti Smith, Rousseau… you name it.  Thanks, Robbie (and Max, and group!), for extending to us a place for openness of …

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The Vitality of Adventure 

In this art of study, each component of culture has a part to play, and every component of art, literature, science, and thought can be seen as educational in a rigorous sense. -Robert McClintock (1971:165) I don't really have the words to describe, in personal terms, what I want to thank Professor McClintock for; partly …

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“The last, genuine intellectual…” 

As part of my duties as a program assistant for Anthropology and Education I often had to hang posters of events.  One day as I was hanging a poster in a Grace Dodge hallway for Robbie's upcoming Cremin Lecture, one of Robbie's former Philosophy and Social Sciences department colleagues strolled by, peered over my shoulder …

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Robbie’s Cradle and Sometimes Stroller: Department of Philosophy and the Social Sciences 

Poor Robbie, who managed to get educated despite this mob... The departmental dinner at Luchow's Restaurant in New York City in 1965. From back to front, left to right: C.T. Hu, George Bereday, Jonas Soltis, Sloan Weyland, Herbert Gans, Robert Dentler, Lambros Comitas, Harold Noah, David Scandlon, Martin Dworkin, R. Freeman Butts, Solon Kimball, Philip …

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A Message from Diane Ravitch 

What I remember most about Robbie McClintock is this: he was the first member of the faculty to have his own personal computer. Everyone else had an electric typewriter and Robbie had a mammoth contraption that covered half his desk. It was a PC. I confess I had no idea what this bulky thing did, …

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Letter recommending full professor 

April 28, 1982 To Professor Lambros Comitas, Director, Division of Philosophy, the Social Sciences, and Education, Teachers College Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 10027 Dear Professor Comitas, I am pleased and honored to be asked by your committee to give an appraisal of Professor Robert McClintock's capabilities as a teacher and advisor. Since I consider …

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St. Louis, Missouri — March 2011 

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