Invite a Conservative to Class Week

[Crossposted on Free Exchange on Campus]In a couple of weeks (starting October 22, I believe), the David Horowitz Freedom Center is sponsoring something called “Islamo Fascism Awareness Week,” something my Moslem students (and I have a number) look at in confusion and with a certain amount of horror. The promoters of the “Week” claim they … Continue reading Invite a Conservative to Class Week

Balancing Acts

[Crossposted from Free Exchange on Campus]Writing today for David Horowitz’s Front Page Magazine in an article on the Campus Watch organization, Daniel Pipes says:Campus Watch's highest priority is to help stimulate a diversity of opinion, so that pro-American scholars… reach parity with the anti-Americans. This goal has two implications.• That professors today can no longer … Continue reading Balancing Acts

Covering Old Ground

[Originally published on the Free Exchange on Campus blog.]As a new academic year is starting this week, I’d like to renew discussion that, while old hat to some, may be as yet unexplored by others. My concern is the subtle twisting of words and phrases that puts an entirely new spin on them—something that David … Continue reading Covering Old Ground

The Marketplace of Ideas?

One of the best discussions of the role of the classroom that I have seen in quite some time appeared yesterday on the Free Exchange on Campus blog. Kurt Smith, a professor of Philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania makes the point that the "marketplace of ideas" concept of the classroom (as used by the … Continue reading The Marketplace of Ideas?

Which Is More Important: Teaching or Politics?

It’s galling to (1) find oneself quoted positively in a story posted on David Horowitz’s propaganda site (though they now seem to have taken the story down: It can still be found at its original home) and (2) to see oneself criticized by someone as dedicated to the protection of academic freedom as I am. … Continue reading Which Is More Important: Teaching or Politics?

Last Thoughts on Ward Churchill?

Well, as expected, Ward Churchill was fired yesterday. I don’t know how I feel about it. Certainly, I have never been a supporter of his, but the whole brouhaha disturbs me greatly. Academia had let itself slip into a spot with no room for a graceful exit.Everyone seems to “know” the “truth” about all of … Continue reading Last Thoughts on Ward Churchill?

Oh, That Silly Little Horowitz

David Horowitz is at it again. Actually, he never stopped. I simply got bored with him and his predictably ill-thought comments and his dying campaign to bring legislative control to public universities through his Newspeak-named “Academic Bill of Rights.”Today, his target is Free Exchange on Campus, “a coalition of faculty, student, and civil rights organizations … Continue reading Oh, That Silly Little Horowitz