by the Flying Dutchman
Day June 8th, 2018
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he founding of an international school in the hills of northern New Mexico was not only a unique education venture, it was also the story of unusual individuals involved in an enterprise that is undoubtedly the finest memorial to the controversial businessman and philanthropist, Armand Hammer. As one of the United World Colleges under the presidency of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the institution opened with a flourish in September 1982, struggled with disappointments and financial uncertainty, but persevered to become an outstanding academic program for young people, ages 16 to 19, from over 70 countries around the world.
“Dreams & Promises: The Story of Armand Hammer United World College” by Theodore D. Lockwood, the college’s former director, focuses on the personalities involved, the international perspective, and the unpredictable participation of Hammer and his associates. It provides glimpses of all these people. It also offers an inspiration to a public hoping for better educational opportunities. Dedicated to enhancing the possibilities for peace and to training young people in community service, the college is a fascinating alternative at a time when improving the human condition is the highest priority. Should you wish to read it over summer, the book can be bought on Amazon here.