In Memoriam, Faculty News

Urban Sociologist and Intellectual Nathan Glazer Dies at 95

Nathan Glazer, a former faculty member who taught from 1958-1960 at Bennington College, has died at age 95.

Nathan Glazer

From The New York Times:

"Nathan Glazer, one of the country’s foremost urban sociologists, who became most closely identified with the circle of disillusioned liberals known as the neoconservatives, died on Saturday at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He was 95.

His daughter, Sarah Glazer Khedouri, confirmed his death.

Over more than a half-century, Mr. Glazer threw himself into the middle of heated debates over such contentious issues as race, ethnicity, immigration and education, contributing to a range of professional journals and popular magazines, and writing or editing more than a dozen books. He once said that he held positions often no different from those of many others’, but that he was the one who would go to meetings and speak up.

Early in his career, he was a co-author of two seminal works on American society, The Lonely Crowd, with David Riesman and Reuel Denney in 1950, and Beyond the Melting Pot, with Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1963. Later volumes included We Are All Multiculturalists Now in 1997 and From a Cause to a Style: Modernist Architecture’s Encounter with the American City in 2007.

He was also an editor at the magazines Commentary and The Public Interest, and Doubleday Anchor Books. He served on presidential task forces on urban affairs and education, and held teaching positions at Bennington College, Smith College and the University of California, Berkeley. At his death, he was a professor emeritus of sociology and education at Harvard University."