National Geographic : 1994 Jul
lecture for his course titled, simply, "Justice." It was the most popular course at the univer sity last year; 933 students were enrolled. "It's a wonderful course," Pelley said. "It offers a classical education with a contempo rary focus. Sandel is such a good lecturer that he makes you forget how many students are there." She said she was a sophomore history and science major who comes from the Boston area. "I've been to other places, of course," she added, "but I really couldn't conceive of living anyplace but Boston." Sandel, a slight, balding man, waited for his musical introduction by a student saxophone player and singing group (was Plato afforded this type of grand theater at the Academy?). He then lectured for an hour on whether a mar ket society is just. "Is the contribution of the CEO, like his salary, a hundred times that of the average worker?" he asked. Barely into his lecture, the sense of crowd has vanished, and Sandel has transformed the restless into rapt listeners and scribblers of notes. T HE PRESENCE in Greater Boston of so many renowned universities -among them Boston University, Boston Col lege, Tufts, Wellesley, Brandeis, Northeast ern, Suffolk University, Emerson College, and the University ofMassachusetts -attracts students from all parts of the world. Many come endowed with credit cards and checking "The sunny street that holds the sifted few" was Oliver Wendell Holmes's description of Beacon Street, so named because it runs along the hill on which Boston's bea con once stood. The city's "uppah" classes were drawn here by the sylvan setting and the elegant town houses, many of which have lately been divided into con dominiums (right). Stretching from the State House to the suburbs, Beacon Street runs through Brookline, where Dr. Hedda Rev-Kury wears a fake fur on daily walks with her Dalmatian, Dorado. "I put on the coat," says the doctor, "and the dog thinks I'm her mother."