Category Archives: colleges and universities

Oberlin digs in, appealing Gibson’s Bakery case with high-priced legal team and recasting case as “free speech issue”

I’ve followed the case of Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College from the outset, and because there’s now a Wikipedia article on the case, I needn’t review the whole mishigass here.  The upshot is that after Oberlin’s administrators aided students in an unjustified protest against the claimed racism of the bakery (a racism that proved nonexistent), […]

Harvard wins affirmative action case. . . for now

Yesterday’s 130-page decision by federal judge Allison Burroughs (pdf here) puts to rest, probably temporarily, the legal challenge to Harvard’s admission policy on the basis of racial discrimination levied by a group called Students for Fair Admission. The group contended that Harvard systematically discriminated against Asian-American applicants, using “race” as a main factor in admissions […]

Pinker writes to Harvard administrators about University’s new free-speech policy

Yesterday I reported on a new policy of Harvard University that would seem to have inimical effects on free speech: it mandates that Harvard ensure “neutral moderators” for events deemed controversial by the Dean of Students’ office. Further, that Office now requires a month’s notice in advance for controversial speakers as well as “VIPs” and […]

A Williams College professor decries his “comfort college”

Last week there were two back-to-back essasy in Bloomberg Opinion, both by Steven B. Gerrard, a professor of philosophy at Williams College (thanks to the several readers who sent me the links). Gerrard got both his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, and I attribute that, at least in part, to his incisive […]

Oberlin denied a new trial in the Gibson’s Bakery case

From the beginning, Legal Insurrection (LI) has had the best continuing covering of the Oberlin vs. Gibson’s Bakery case (see here for a list of my posts on the matter). Yes, it’s a right-wing site (I always have to apologize for this, but not for citing the New York Times or Salon!), but LI‘s reporting […]

There’s already a movie on the college admissions scandal

Yes, theres a movie, “ripped from the headlines,” and out before even the most famous defendant Lori Laughlin, has been tried, much less sentenced (Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty and will soon be sentenced), while Laughlin pleaded not guilty and is yet to go to trial.) Were I Laughlin’s lawyer, I’d probably try to get her […]

Today in collegiate dystopia: “It’s an endless process of dealing with students who haven’t been able to buy the grade they wanted.”

by Greg Mayer Harry Lambert has a very interesting article at New Statesman America on “The great university con: how the British degree lost its value.”  I’m saddened but not surprised to find that the rot in American higher education extends across the Atlantic. The causes and manifestations, show much in common on both sides […]

A misguided Decider tells us why campuses shouldn’t have free speech

Inside Higher Ed has a new interview with P. E. Moscowitz, who used to be a staff writer for Al Jazeera America and has now produced a new book: The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent. That’s a provocative title, for what case could one make against the […]

New School exonerates professor investigated for using the “n-word” while teaching James Baldwin

As I reported last week, New School literature professor Laurie Sheck got investigated by her school after using the “n-word” in a discussion about James Baldwin. In particular, she was discussing why, although Baldwin said the phrase “I am not your nigger” on the Dick Cavett show, a 2016 documentary about his life changed the […]

Harvard gets legal setback in its “ban” on single-sex organizations not affiliated with the University

Over three years ago, I reported (see also here: 1, 2, 3) how Harvard University, under the aegis and urging of then President Drew Faust, had proposed punishing students who join single-sex (or rather, single-“gender”) social organizations that aren’t affiliated with the University. These include the famous “finals clubs,” which include all-male and all-female as well as co-ed […]