Category Archives: colleges and universities

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 […]

Is American meritocracy responsible for unrest on campus?

UPDATE: Kronman has a new piece in the Wall Street Journal, “The downside of diversity,” which explains his ideas a bit more. It’s paywalled, but judicious inquiry might yield you a copy. _______ There are many diagnoses for the rise of the Offense Culture on college campuses: helicopter parenting, a surfeit of Left-wing administrators, a […]

Today in collegiate dystopia: “Has College Gotten Too Easy?”

by Greg Mayer The title of this second post in what I hope will be a continuing series comes from the title of a new article in The Atlantic by Joe Pinsker. In the article he discusses an unpublished paper by Jeffrey Denning and colleagues at Brigham Young University. It highlights one of the chief […]

Judge orders Oberlin College to pay Gibson’s Bakery $6.5 million in fees and expenses on top of the $25 million award for damages

I won’t go into detail about the lawsuit against Oberlin College filed by Gibson Bakery and Market for defamation, slander and libel; you can read the details in my previous posts. In short, after the local market detained three Oberlin students for shoplifting and assault (they later pleaded guilty), both the students and Oberlin went […]

Ideology versus science (again): University of New South Wales urges professors to lie about the arrival date of Aboriginals

A reader sent me a link to an article from The Australian which, sadly, is behind a paywall (click on screenshot to see). It is the very height of shameless pandering to ethnic groups who accept false stories about their history, and it’s also the nadir of academic truth. (If you want a transcript of […]

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 […]