The Manufacturing of Controversy
If we really want to stop bias and high-handedness in higher education, we need to make less of the occasional outrages and focus more on the ordinary outlooks and activities of entire academic areas where tendentiousness and partisanship have become standard operating procedure.
A Waning of Indignation?
We still have illiberal episodes taking place, such as the protest at William & Mary against an ALCU official. But I suspect that student outrage and anguish and accusation are already on the wane. Protest is wearing itself out.
The Left in the Universities
There is a book coming out that everyone interested in campus politics should read. It is a refresher course in the recent past, years 1998-2010, well before the current protests and disinvitations and riots broke out, though it foreshadows everything that has happened since.
The End of Diversity
Silence followed for another day or two until a note of an altogether different tenor arrived. I’d been disinvited. The note began, “I have been advised that we must focus more on a gender balance for the panel and that I should be adding another female speaker. So at this time I am sorry to say I have to withdrawal my invitation.”
The Pseudo-Science of Micro-Aggression
In the absence of clear and distinct criteria for discriminating a micro-aggression from the ordinary slips and indecencies of modern life, all we are left with to gauge the event of a micro-aggression is the psychic condition of the one who has been micro-aggressed.
The Uninspiring Humanities
In making artistic greatness into a social matter, not a real or natural or objective matter, humanities professors killed one of the cardinal attractions of the discipline.
The Stony Brook Problem
No administrator is going to close programs to which undergraduates flock every semester. Popularity counts in the competitive market of departments.
You Just Can’t Understand
Those of us who entered the humanities as graduate students in the 1980s and strove to climb the institutional ladder in the 1990s know of a particular ritual that became a common feature of academic debate in those years. You might call it the “You-don’t-know-what-it’s-like” moment.
The Middlebury Gatekeepers
For leftist professors to invoke legitimacy against Charles Murray–and to do so without any hint that legitimization is a highly political, problematical practice–runs against the critical theory that the left has been espousing ever since the Seventies.
The Wrong Solution to Student Learning
Millennials consider themselves a special cohort–they have all the right opinions about justice and humanity–but when it comes down to the basics of math and verbal skills, they fall well short of their own appraisal.