Search transcripts:    Advanced Search
Notable New     Yorkers
Select     Notable New Yorker

Kenneth ClarkKenneth Clark
Photo Gallery

Session:         Page of 763

it's not just because I am so bright but because I am intrinsically superior.”

Now, that's a terrible thing to say. But I must tell you, I sensed it when he was a student in my class. I never dealt with him, --in fact, I had a way of dealing with not only students but anyone who projected that or whose manner made me feel that that's what was involved -- I had a way of dealing with that by counter-contempt. Laughing at it inside. Projecting my own way of communicating to that person, “To hell with you.” And I did that with him -- and I repeat, with very few students, I would say considerably less than ten. The overwhelming majority of my students were involved in what I call the kooky, perverted preoccupation with the excitement of ideas, rather than silly superstitious nonsense.

All right --


What were the courses that you taught?


The ones I enjoyed most, in the beginning-- the introductory. I enjoyed teaching introductory courses. I guess, my whole period as an instructor and assistant professor, was dominated by my teaching introductory and developmental psychology.

Gardner taught the social psychology, because that was his specialty. Once when he was on leave, I took over his social psychology class, but it was too big, you know. I didn't enjoy that very much. It was in the auditorium. I had smaller classes, no more than about 20 students. I loved the introductory and developmental courses.

Then, the last 15 years I was at the college, I taught

© 2006 Columbia University Libraries | Oral History Research Office | Rights and Permissions | Help