When Did "Worker" Become a Dirty Word?

And when did "protest" and "demonstration" become the equal of "coercion"?In Michigan, the proposed appropriations bill for state colleges and universities includes this sub-section:Sec. 273a. It is the intent of the legislature that a public university that receives funds in section 236 shall not collaborate in any manner with a nonprofit worker center whose documented … Continue reading When Did "Worker" Become a Dirty Word?

Academic Audiences

Just who should we--academics, that is--be talking to? Be writing for?Sometimes, admittedly, our conversations assume a great deal of background. Sometimes, that's even necessary. In too many of these cases, however, that background itself narrows consideration of possibilities and angles outside of the "wisdom" passed down in graduate school or in conferences of narrow focus … Continue reading Academic Audiences

Why Keep Academic Journals As They Have Been?

Over the past decade, newspapers have learned that they need to change to survive. The deaths of papers all over the United States made that quite apparent, and the journalism industry, though hating to do it, learned to adapt. Today's newspapers aren't merely print, but are intertwined with other media, including television, radio, and websites … Continue reading Why Keep Academic Journals As They Have Been?

The Public Intellectual

Writing in the New York Times today, Michael Bérubé, professor at Penn State and once perhaps the preeminent academic blogger in the country (he has since turned to other activities), addresses the child rape scandal from the perspective of the faculty. In doing so, he faced a difficult task: as Paterno Family Professor of Literature, … Continue reading The Public Intellectual

Tony Kushner, Honorary Degrees, and CUNY

Writing in The Times, Stanley Fish concludes about the flap over the Trustees of the City University of New York's refusal to confirm the decision of John Jay College to give playwright Tony Kushner an honorary doctorate that:this is not an academic, a moral, a philosophical or an educational moment; it is a moment of ceremony and … Continue reading Tony Kushner, Honorary Degrees, and CUNY

The Professors and Public Policy

One of the best known "historians" in the United States is a fellow named David Barton.  His wallbuilders.com describes him:His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues and he serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, was involved in the … Continue reading The Professors and Public Policy

Can We Educate Ourselves to Educate?

David Horowitz rails against the 'indoctrination' of American students by radical leftist professors. He isn't the only one—it's quite common to hear how universities are subverting the beliefs of youth. Problem is, it ain't happening; even if some try it (debatable), they have proven incompetent. The radical professors have been in place since the sixties. … Continue reading Can We Educate Ourselves to Educate?

Academic Freedom and Yoo

[Crossposted from Free Exchange on Campus]My grandfather stopped working as a defense attorney when he realized he could not provide adequate defense for people he knew were guilty. The bastards, he deeply believed, deserved the best defense possible but he felt unable to provide it. Today, I sympathize with him, for I am going to … Continue reading Academic Freedom and Yoo

Mangling the Truth

[Cross-posted from Free Exchange on Campus.]One of the greatest insults to the American system of governance, a system based on open discussion and debate, is the deliberate lie. Yet the lie has been with us since the beginning—the rise of the concept of “objectivity” in journalism, in fact, occurred as a rejection of pervasive bias … Continue reading Mangling the Truth