Robert Gaudino

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Robert Lee Gaudino
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Alma materUCLA and University of Chicago
OccupationPolitical scientist

Robert Lee Gaudino (1925–1974) was a professor of political science at Williams College from 1955 to 1974.[1][2] He was "arguably the greatest Williams College educator of the 20th century."[3] Gaudino's dissertation at the University of Chicago focused on the issue of academic freedom.[4] Gaudino was

A popular teacher beloved by students for his engaging, personal enthusiasm that extended far beyond the confines of the classroom --- the oft repeated maxim goes, "he did not have students but disciples" --- he held very strict ideas about classroom decorum, addressing his students by their last names, insisting that they come to class on time and that they be prepared to be called upon at any time to enter into a Socratic-style dialogue related to the day's reading.[2]

He served in the US Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946.[2] He wrote The Indian University.[5]

Gaudino argued that Williams should "actively promote a range of experiences that have the creative potential to unsettle and disturb" as part of a program of "uncomfortable learning" based on the "unsettling experience."[2][6]

He died in 1974 of a neurological disease.[2]


  1. ^ Barnaby J. Feder (3 November 1999). "LESSONS; Judging Teachers In Consumer Era". New York Times. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Seth Rogovoy (Summer 1990). "Gaudino: The Man, The Legend, The Legacy" (PDF). Williams College Alumni Review. pp. 22–26. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  3. ^ Kurt P. Tauber (August 1987). "Report on the Proposals and Activities of the Gaudino Committee and Gaudino Scholar" (PDF). Williams College. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  4. ^ Robert Gaudino (1955). "The public rights and the private duty of the higher education: an inquiry based on the contemporary understandings of academic freedom". University of Chicago. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  5. ^ Robert Gaudino (1965). The Indian University. Popular Prakashan. ISBN 81-7154-386-3.
  6. ^ Robert Gaudino (1974). The Uncomfortable Learning: Some Americans in India. Popular Prakashan. ISBN 81-7154-026-0.

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