The K Plan was a defining saga for faculty as much as students, and the "Fellowship in Learning" that had characterized the College since the time of Allan Hoben persisted into the days of the K Plan, not only in the relationships between faculty and students, which had been the primary focus of the "Fellowship," but also in the relationships that the faculty of the 1950s and 1960s developed with each other. Professor of Sociology Robert Stauffer conducted videotaped interviews with two dozen (mostly) emeriti faculty members who came to the College before 1970. In the following essay based on those interviews, he describes the forces that forged those faculty relationships
"...the sense of community wasn't entirely the result of the consumption of liquids..."
and the importance of those relationships to the success of the K Plan.

Click on the link below to read a .pdf version of the essay. [.pdf format requires Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat reader, you can download it for free].

The Convivial Generation: Sagas and Solidarity Among the Kalamazoo College Faculty in the 1950s and '60s

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