See my recent short piece on Minding The Campus for a discussion of how Mao-like cultural revolution has come to campus in the form of “professional development” seminars and training aimed at promoting “racial literacy” by rooting out racial bias (implicit and otherwise) in “white-identified” faculty.
11 June 2017
24 April 2017
Since 1896 “All The News That’s Fit To Print” has been the motto of the New York Times. Its recent publication of an OpEd, “What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech,” by Ulrich Baer, vice provost for faculty, arts, humanities, and diversity and professor of comparative literature at New York University, suggests that the Times’ view of what is not fit to print has become considerably more capacious than in the past.
“The great value and importance of freedom of expression, for higher education and for democracy,” Baer writes, “is hard to underestimate.” Does he actually mean “overestimate”? No matter, for whatever his intention his OpEd conclusively proves by unwitting example that it is indeed possible to underestimate the importance of free expression, and he does so coming and going.
An inevitable corollary is that Baer also underestimates — in fact, he hardly seems to recognize at all — the danger of letting authorities or unruly mobs determine what things “are unmentionable and undebatable,” what topics “are not open to debate because such people cannot debate them on the same terms,” in what cases “there is no inherent value to be gained from debating them in public.”
If Trump and the Republicans are as bad as the Times believes, how can its owners and editors — not to mention those readers who join Prof. Baer in cheering on the Snowflakes — be so sanguine about allowing them and the unruliest of their conservative base to have the final word about what is fit to print?
17 April 2017
By now you’re familiar with Ziad Ahmed, the son of a hedge fund manager and graduate of Princeton Day School (tuition: PreK through Fourth Grade: $28,230; Fifth and Sixth Grades: $33,010; Seventh through Twelfth Grade: $34,600 per year) who was just admitted to Stanford after submitting an application essay — answering the question, “What matters to you, […]
6 April 2017
Prof. Richard Hasen, widely regarded (especially by Democrats) as an expert on election law, has a recent OpEd in the Washington Post demonstrating that his expertise does not extend to affirmative action. His argument is that Judge Neil Gorsuch is an “affirmative action baby,” that he “got where he is because of a form of […]
6 April 2017
These days it is almost impossible to parody progressives, because they unwittingly parody themselves so much more effectively than would-be critics ever could. Take Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times (please!). Here he is today, writing “My Most Unpopular Idea: Be Nice to Trump Voters.” Suggesting that “Maybe we all need a little more […]
23 March 2017
Here is the lede from my recently posted Minding The Campus piece on paycheck unfairness: The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has just published an extensive research report on pay and representation of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education administrative positions that ought to be a bombshell, documenting as it does widespread […]
2 March 2017
I encourage you to take a look at my short piece on “Another Breakthrough In Feminist Mathematics” that appeared today on Minding The Campus. Roger Clegg wrote to ask whether my daughter, Jessie the physicist, had helped with it. I replied: ” Alas, no, or it would have been better. But I’ll send it to her […]
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