Category Archives: colleges and universities

After Harvard fired him as a house dean, Ronald Sullivan responds in the NYT

As you know from reading this site regularly (you do, don’t you?), Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan and his wife Stephanie Robinson were fired as deans of Winthrop House (an undergraduate residence) after Sullivan took on Harvey Weinstein as a client. Sullivan was the first African-American house dean in Harvard’s history. (My six posts on […]

The Gibson Bakery versus Oberlin College case: a good summary

Quillette is being unfairly demonized in many quarters as an “alt-right” site, with many of those who write there (and that includes me) compared to white supremacists. But the demonization occurs largely because the site doesn’t hew entirely to the ideology of the Woke Left. And yes, there are some conservative positions taken at Quillette, […]

Williams College finally produces a lame draft of a “free speech” policy

UPDATE: In a letter to the Williams community, President Maud Mandel has accepted the committee’s recommendations “in full.” The policies suggested by the committee report will all be acted on. She also says this: More ambitiously, the Committee recommends that the college “publish and affirm a statement on expression and inclusion.” I strongly agree that […]

Women-only STEM jobs advertised at a Dutch university

There’s a well known disparity in numbers between men and women in STEM fields, a disparity that universities and graduate schools try to rectify with recruitment efforts, forms of sex-specific affirmative action, and so on. The assumption behind most of these these actions is often that the disparity is due entirely to sexism and discrimination […]

Oberlin given maximum punitive damages for wokeness stupidity. Total bill: $11.2 million + $33 million = $44.2 million

Four days ago I reported that a jury in Lorain County, Ohio found Oberlin College guilty of defaming,libeling, and slandering Gibson’s bakery, a local business where three Oberlin students had been arrested for shoplifting (and pleaded guilty). The college, although the students admitted guilt, then engaged in a pattern of retaliatory actions towards the bakery […]

Congressional bill imperils Harvard’s sanctions for students who belong to single-gender off-campus clubs

Greg Mayer and I written four times (1, 2, 3, 4) about Harvard’s misguided decision to punish students who joined off-campus single-sex clubs. These clubs—there are now eleven—are both all-male and all-female, and comprise the famous “finals clubs”, which are basically social organizations, equivalent, I suppose, to fraternities and sororities. While I never had any interest in joining […]

Free-speech suppression at the University of Wisconsin

Reader Gregory called my attention to this piece in the Washington Post (it may be paywalled for you, but judicious inquiry might yield a copy). Click on screenshot to read: Now the University of Wisconsin campuses are public institutions, and are therefore covered by the First Amendment. But many people are calling for a suppression […]

Today in collegiate dystopia: “workforce needs”

by Greg Mayer There’s a lot wrong with higher education in the United States (and perhaps the world), but I know of few, if any, public figures who are pointing out the problems and discussing potential solutions. The problem is that all “sides” to the “debate”, whether right or left, agree on the central premises: […]

In face of media and alumni outcry, Williams College finally recognizes a student pro-Israel organization

As Williams College plummets down the slide toward Evergreen State College at the bottom, its wokeness has moved beyond racial divisiveness to anti-Semitism. As I’ve recently reported, the Williams Student Council decided to reject an application of WIFI, a pro-Israel organization with modest aims, to become a registered student organization (RSO). Further, they had already […]

“Free speech . . . but” is not free speech

Here’s an example of two academic officials saying that they’re in favor of free speech while doing everything they can to oppose free speech. It’s my view, and that of the University of Chicago, that when a speaker is invited to campus, no matter how unpopular their views, the University should shut up about those […]