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  • Academic Cesspools II (must see protestor pic)

    11/07/2007 6:16:10 PM PST · by Michael.SF. · 11 replies · 128+ views (Via Boortz) ^ | Nov. 7, 2007 | Walter Williams
    In last month's column "Academic Cesspools," I wrote about "Indoctrinate U," a recently released documentary exposing egregious university indoctrination of young people at prestigious and not-so-prestigious universities ( I said the documentary only captured the tip of a disgusting iceberg. The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a frontline organization in the battle against academic suppression of free speech and thought, released information about what's going on at the University of Delaware, and probably at other universities as well, that should send chills up the spines of parents of college-age students. The following excerpts are taken from the...
  • Global Warming Lecture at CSUF Stirs Controversy [Campus Free Speech Alert]

    10/20/2007 7:15:48 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 19 replies · 125+ views
    Global warming lecture at CSUF stirs controversy Science weighs against philosophy on campus By: Sylvia Masuda Issue date: 10/18/07 Section: News Posted: 10/18/07 Controversy erupted in the Cal State Fullerton science community over Tuesday's global warming lecture in the Titan Theater. Research professor and climatologist Patrick Michaels presented "Reducing the Effects of Global Warming in Southern California," a presentation which explained why global warming is not an imminent problem. The Economics Association organized the event. Over the years, science organizations have criticized Michaels for exaggerating his credentials and for pushing what they feel is a political agenda. CSUF science...
  • CSPAN Featured Film about Leftist and PC Indoctrination in US Higher Education

    05/19/2007 10:03:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 752+ views ^ | Lynn Davidson
    The “Weekly Standard” profiled libertarian-leaning conservative and political commentator turned documentarian Evan Coyne Maloney, whose new documentary about the leftist ideological indoctrination and pervasive political correctness in the US higher education system is called “Indoctrinate U”. Saturday May 19, CSPAN ran a segment about his film on the network’s “Washington Journal”, but CSPAN posts footage of the shows online (when they have it up, I'll post it. His spot is at the two-hour mark). You can see a clip of his film on YouTube as well as the film's website, “Indoctrinate U” focuses on the pervasive trampling of free...
  • Professor on Brink of Being Fired for E-Mailing George Washington's Thanksgiving Address

    05/07/2007 9:45:14 AM PDT · by Tank-FL · 68 replies · 3,113+ views
    GLENDALE, Ariz., May 7, 2007—The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has placed a professor on forced administrative leave and has recommended that he be terminated for e-mailing a Thanksgiving message to his colleagues last November. On the day before Thanksgiving, Professor Walter Kehowski sent out the text of George Washington’s “Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1789” and a link to the webpage where he’d found it—on Pat Buchanan’s web log. After several recipients complained of being offended by the e-mail, MCCCD found Kehowski guilty of violating the district’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy and technology usage standards. Kehowski then contacted...
  • More campus thought police

    12/18/2006 7:31:32 AM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 32 replies · 1,570+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 12/18/06 | Editors
    The agents of political correctness who police the nation's college and university campuses generally use shame and scorn to beat down free expression deemed offensive by the tiniest minority. But sometimes, institutions aren't content to merely marginalize those who fail to embrace a worldview that emphasizes the rights of groups over those of individuals. Rather than engage these free spirits in open debate in a classroom setting -- isn't that what college is all about? -- administrators seek to re-educate these malefactors on the proper way to think. Michigan State University has taken the multicultural mantra of indoctrination to a...
  • Michigan Mandarin [Mary Sue Coleman, U of M President]

    11/27/2006 7:06:57 PM PST · by justiceseeker93 · 27 replies · 1,196+ views
    New York Post (Editorial) ^ | November 26, 2006
    University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman is offering students an interesting lesson: Never let the law prevail over your own vanity. Just one day after Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed Proposal 2 - thereby ending racial and gender preferences in the state's public sector, Coleman said she'd do everything possible to avoid incorporating racial equality into her school's admissions policies.
  • Temple to publicize grievance process amid academic-freedom suit

    07/24/2006 3:41:04 PM PDT · by wjersey · 5 replies · 330+ views (AP) ^ | 7/24/2006 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    PHILADELPHIA - Temple University, accused of discriminating against those with conservative viewpoints, has approved a new grievance procedure and will publicize it to students this fall. Temple's Board of Trustees voted last week to enact a uniform policy at its various schools for students with complaints about academic freedom, spokesman Raymond Betzner said. The state Legislature held a two-day public hearing on the subject at Temple last year, but school officials do not believe there is a widespread problem. During the hearing, now-retired Temple President David Adamany said he had not received a single complaint on the subject in his...
  • Ga. Tech defends gay-inclusive policies

    05/13/2006 6:02:50 PM PDT · by SteveH · 28 replies · 2,581+ views
    Southern Voice ^ | 5/12/2006 | Dyana Bagby
    Ga. Tech defends gay-inclusive policies Lawsuit among rising tide of challenges to so-called ‘speech codes’ By DYANA BAGBY Friday, May 12, 2006 Responding this week to a federal lawsuit filed by two students against the Georgia Institute of Technology, state attorneys said the public university’s policies do not limit the free speech rights of those who oppose gay rights. Tech does not "prohibit or restrict expressive speech or activity by students or their organizations. Students, faculty and friends of Tech have the right to make statements as they please in the public areas without fear of reprisals," Assistant Attorney General...
  • Study Casts Doubt on Claims that Conservative Students Face Discrimination in Classes

    03/30/2006 8:40:03 AM PST · by Attillathehon · 77 replies · 3,414+ views
    The Chronicle of Higher Education | March 30, 2006 | Jennifer Jacobson
    Thursday, March 30, 2006 Study Casts Doubt on Claims That Conservative Students Face Discrimination in Classes By JENNIFER JACOBSON A study showing that conservative and liberal students do equally well in courses with politically charged content casts doubt on conservative activists' claims that liberal faculty members routinely discriminate against their conservative students. The study found no difference in the grades conservative and liberal students receive in sociology, cultural anthropology, and women's-studies courses. It also found that conservative students tend to earn higher grades than their liberal classmates in business and economics courses. Titled "What's in a Grade? Academic Success and...
  • Harvard Lays an Egg

    03/13/2006 8:42:19 AM PST · by SteveH · 5 replies · 1,173+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 03/06/2006 | James Piereson
    Harvard Lays an Egg The triumph of the diversity faction and the fall of Larry Summers by James Piereson 03/06/2006, Volume 011, Issue 24 When the late Allan Bloom visited the Harvard campus some years ago to deliver a speech on his bestselling book The Closing of the American Mind, he began his remarks with the salutation, "Fellow Elitists," a takeoff on Franklin Roosevelt's address years earlier to the nativist Daughters of the American Revolution which he introduced with the words, "Fellow Immigrants." Bloom was having some fun at the expense of Harvard's students and faculty, all of whom had...
  • Free Speech on Campus: Best Book of 2004 - (How to combat liberal professors!)

    01/17/2005 9:16:38 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 692+ views
    As soon as Mark (pseudonym) walked into his Women in Literature class, his professor handed him a note stating the following: It has come to my attention that your comments to other students sitting near you in our Women in Literature (sic) have been both critical of the class subject matter, derogatory of the ideas other students are contributing to class discussion, and crudely dismissive of issues I have raised. At first, Mark could not believe he was being described as “crudely dismissive” by his professor. After all, she talked about her private life in class and published a book...
  • Profs get warned of freedoms

    11/14/2005 8:23:01 AM PST · by Exigence · 13 replies · 853+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Nov. 12, 2005 | MENSAH M. DEAN
    Profs get warned of freedoms By MENSAH M. DEAN Words such as "McCarthyism" and "chill" buzzed through a group of Temple University professors and students who gathered on campus yesterday to discuss a state legislative committee's investigation of political diversity at state-run colleges. The "teach-in," sponsored by the Temple Association of University Professionals, drew an audience overwhelmingly convinced that the committee's very existence is a threat to academic freedom. "I think that there is a concern that people are going to start coming in and say, 'You can do this, but you can't do this.' If we are teaching...
  • A Closer Look at Churchill's 'Five Stooges'

    11/07/2005 7:58:57 AM PST · by jwpaine · 10 replies · 778+ views
    PirateBallerina ^ | 11-5-2005 | Jim Paine
    A Closer Look at the 'Five Stooges' Investigating Ward Churchill by Jim Paine from stooge (stj)n. The partner in a comedy team who feeds lines to the other comedian; a straight man. One who allows oneself to be used for another's profit or advantage; a puppet. One would think that with all the public attention on the actions of CU's Standing Committee on Research Misconduct (SCRM) vis á vis its treatment of the Ward Churchill investigation, SCRM would approach the task of selecting the final investigating committee members with care, nay, with great fear and trembling. One would think SCRM...
  • WSJ: Congress Wades Into Campus Politics-Republicans Push Right To Ensure 'Dissenting Viewpoints'

    10/04/2005 6:26:30 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 719+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 4, 2005 | JUNE KRONHOLZ
    College campuses can be political hotbeds. And that has some members of Congress thinking they should get involved. Some Republicans are pushing a measure through the House of Representatives meant to ensure that students hear "dissenting viewpoints" in class and are protected from retaliation because of their politics or religion. Colleges say the measure isn't needed, but with Congress providing billions of dollars to higher education, they are worried. The measure's chief promoter, Marxist-turned-conservative activist David Horowitz, says an academic bill of rights will protect students from possible political "hectoring" and discrimination by their professors.... The federal government provides loans...
  • English: The Language of White "Oppressors"-professor: Ebonics superior to tongue of White Devils

    08/04/2005 5:06:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 216 replies · 6,129+ views
    A Brooklyn College professor says Ebonics is superior to the tongue of White Devils --Assistant Professor of Adolescence Education at Brooklyn College --Teaches that rap music is an effective tool for teaching English literacy to schoolchildren, and that proper English is language of white "oppressors" --Required students to view Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 Priya Parmar is an Assistant Professor of Adolescence Education at Brooklyn College's School of Education in New York, where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses to aspiring teachers. Of special interest to Parmar, whose doctoral dissertation is titled "KRS-One Going Against the Grain: A Critical Study...
  • Some can't hide contempt for colleagues on the right

    07/30/2005 6:40:27 AM PDT · by pabianice · 47 replies · 2,416+ views
    Rocky Mountain N ews ^ | 7/30/05 | Seebach
    For certain enlightened liberals on university faculties, the lesser intellectual stature of Christians and conservatives is so much taken for granted that they do not hesitate to write about them in terms dripping with condescension and contempt. An example I encountered this week is especially odious, and I am happy to bring it to the attention of a wider, non-academic audience. The authors are four political scientists at the University of Pittsburgh - Barry Ames, David Barker, Chris Bonneau and Christopher Carman. Their paper is a critique of a study, published earlier this year, examining the statistical evidence that not...
  • Retaking the Universities

    06/19/2005 5:40:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 31 replies · 1,011+ views
    Catholic Educator's Newsletter ^ | May 2005 | ROGER KIMBALL
    The sea is far from full, but the current still can serve. The tide, ebbing for decades, has begun to flow. It is time to seize the initiative lest we miss the moment and lose our ventures.   "After the Vietnam War, a lot of us didn't just crawl back into our literary cubicles; we stepped into academic positions. With the war over, our visibility was lost, and it seemed for a while — to the unobservant — that we had disappeared. Now we have tenure, and the work of reshaping the universities has begun in earnest."  — Jay...
  • Klocek Files Suit (FIRE on the Klocek-DePaul free speech battle)

    06/17/2005 7:44:49 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 7 replies · 598+ views
    Thomas Klocek, the DePaul professor who lost his job without due process after arguing with several students about the Middle East at a student activities fair, has now sued DePaul. Much of the suit focuses on claims that DePaul defamed Klocek, in part by providing the public with false and misleading information about his health. Klocek also claims breach of contract. In this case, DePaul has shamefully taken a single encounter where the facts are in dispute (the students and professor present radically different versions of the event), and has transformed it into a veritable festival of repression. First, DePaul...
  • 'Disposition' Emerges as Issue at Brooklyn College (my alma mater at it again...ugh!)

    05/31/2005 6:45:20 PM PDT · by Braak · 20 replies · 898+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | May 31st, 2005 | JACOB GERSHMAN
    Brooklyn College's School of Education has begun to base evaluations of aspiring teachers in part on their commitment to social justice, raising fears that the college is screening students for their political views. The School of Education at the CUNY campus initiated last fall a new method of judging teacher candidates based on their "dispositions," a vogue in teacher training across the country that focuses on evaluating teachers' values, apart from their classroom performance. Critics of the assessment policy warned that aspiring teachers are being judged on how closely their political views are aligned with their instructor's. Ultimately, they said,...
  • Joseph in Pharoh's Court - Christian Prof says Tolerance One-Way Street on Campus (U.Colorado!)

    05/23/2005 5:20:36 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 696+ views
    While American universities may proclaim diversity as an exalted value, a recent study shows that the only freedom of thought that really exists on campus is "to believe the dominant political ideology. Other ideologies are marginalized." (Klien and Western. For full text of study, follow links below.) But Phil Mitchell doesn’t need a study to validate what he has experienced for over 20 years. "The truth is, universities are the most hostile, narrow-minded and intolerant environment in society," Mitchell said. Mitchell, 57, is a former history professor at the University of Colorado (CU) and a deeply committed Christian. He was...
  • Mike Rosen: If it isn't PC, it isn't funny (political correctness on college campuses)

    05/13/2005 2:23:03 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 17 replies · 1,508+ views
    Rocky Mountain New column ^ | Friday May 13th, 2005 | Mike Rosen
    Nowhere is the orthodoxy of political correctness more firmly established than on college campuses. Woe betide the unwary student who runs afoul of a certified victim group. While it's OK to pillory males, Christians, corporations or the military, any slight - real or imagined - that gives offense to women, minorities or homosexuals, for example, can bring on severe consequences. In this kind of environment, College Republicans at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island displayed remarkable courage in taking on the PC establishment. Their target was V-Day. No, not Valentine's Day, but Vagina Day, which has replaced, in feminist circles,...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Tenure: An idea whose time has come

    05/12/2005 4:46:30 AM PDT · by Tolik · 5 replies · 679+ views ^ | May 12, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Tenure in our universities is simply unlike any other institution in American society. Take the case of Ward Churchill at the University of Colorado. Because of his inflammatory slander of the September 11 victims, the public turned its attention to his status. We discovered that he did not have a Ph.D., created a Native-American identity, and appropriated the intellectual property of others — but was promoted to a tenured full professorship, protected by a lifetime contract. No equivalent for CEOs or for dishwashers exists. Journalists, politicians, lawyers and others who take unpopular stands also lack guaranteed jobs. Doctors do no not...
  • Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit Hits Le Moyne College

    05/05/2005 3:00:45 PM PDT · by winner3000 · 8 replies · 802+ views
    Newsmax ^ | May 5, 2005 | Newsmax
    Today, former graduate student Scott McConnell filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, because it expelled him from its education master’s program based on his personal beliefs. In January 2005, administrators summarily dismissed McConnell because he had expressed views that opposed "multicultural education” and had stated in an academic assignment that "corporal punishment has a place in the classroom.” Story Continues Below The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) took up McConnell’s case, reminding Le Moyne, a Jesuit college, that its actions breached its own promises to respect students’ academic freedom and due process....
  • Nutsy profs are good; Nazi profs are bad

    05/03/2005 9:20:16 AM PDT · by KeyesPlease · 6 replies · 936+ views The Star Ledger ^ | 05/03/2005 | Paul Mulshine
    Let us consider politics in terms of the two types of beer. It would be perfectly logical to proclaim that all beer is bad. But it would be idiotic to proclaim, for example, that lager is evil while ale is morally sound. It would be similarly illogical to proclaim ale evil and lager good. Let us now apply that logic to the two systems of totalitarian government jointly responsible for killing off 100 million or so innocent people in the 20th century. It is perfectly logical to argue that all totalitarianism is evil. But it's silly to argue that Nazism...
  • Handout Hysteria’ or Insensitivity? [Campus speech suppression]

    04/29/2005 6:40:59 AM PDT · by aculeus · 6 replies · 577+ views
    Inside Higher Education ^ | April 29, 2005 | by Scott Jaschik
    Jonathan Bean is a popular professor at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale — even though his libertarian politics don’t always coincide with his students’ views. A historian, he was just named Teacher of the Year in the College of Liberal Arts. But in the last two weeks, he has found himself under attack in his department — with many of his history colleagues questioning his judgment for distributing an optional handout about the “Zebra Killings,” a series of murders of white people in San Francisco in the 1970s. His dean also told his teaching assistants that they didn’t need to...
  • DePaul’s Jihad against academic freedom

    04/19/2005 7:23:40 AM PDT · by finnman69 · 12 replies · 978+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 4/18/05 | Richard Baehr
    DePaul’s Jihad against academic freedomApril 18th, 2005 DePaul University in Chicago is one of the fastest growing universities in the country. It has become the largest Catholic-affiliated university in America. Muslim and Arab students are one of the segments of DePaul's student population that has seen the greatest increase in numbers in recent years. Although no figures are available, these students are an important source of revenue for the University, and many may well pay full tuition, making their attendance particularly lucrative. Perhaps in recognition of this market segment, the University hired Norman Finkelstein to teach in its Political Science...
  • Expand Marketplace of Ideas

    04/19/2005 8:18:24 AM PDT · by MikeHu · 9 replies · 825+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | April 18, 2005 | Fred Hemmings
    Freedom of speech on many university campuses is being exercised with an increasingly liberal bias that is staking a worrisome monopoly on the free marketplace of ideas. Evidence of this bias is a new study published in the March issue of Forum, which showed that—by their own description—72 percent of professors in American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative. Hence, it is reasonable to question whether students are receiving a fair and balanced education. The concern is understandable. As stated by one of the study’s authors, Robert Lichter, “In general, even broad-minded people gravitate toward other...
  • Instructor has parting words for CU

    04/18/2005 7:29:05 AM PDT · by aynrandy · 28 replies · 1,666+ views
    Denver Post ^ | April 18, 2005 | David Harsanyi
    Six weeks ago, a teacher named Phil Mitchell reluctantly spoke to me about his unjust and forced exit from the history staff at the University of Colorado after 21 years in the classroom. All the evidence, notwithstanding the tortured spin of CU and its defenders, was that Mitchell, a reliable and well-regarded instructor, was being "let go" because of conservative political and evangelical Christian beliefs. Mitchell, who by the time I spoke with him was exploring job opportunities in more hospitable environs, decided to come forward with his complaints about the lack of diversity that hampered any true ideological debate....
  • Man accused of dousing Buchanan with salad dressing in court

    04/15/2005 8:49:31 AM PDT · by anonymous_user · 45 replies · 1,568+ views
    WMMT ^ | April 14, 2005 | WMMT
    KALAMAZOO (NEWS 3) - The man accused of dousing former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan with salad dressing has pleaded not guilty in a Kalamazoo court. Samuel John Messick was arraigned on charges of disturbing the peace Thursday. He reportedly tossed a cup of salad dressing on the conservative commentator at a speech he was giving at Western Michigan University on March 31st. Buchanan decided not to press felony assault charges against the man. Messick will be back in court at the end of the month.
  • St. Thomas tightens security for Coulter

    04/15/2005 5:37:02 AM PDT · by MNnice · 30 replies · 1,627+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 4-15-05 | MNNice
    Security will be tight at University of St. Thomas on Monday when conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter speaks at 12:30 p.m. in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium, one block north of Summit and Cleveland avenues. Her topic will be "Liberal Lies About the American Right.'' Coulter's speech is open to the public, but audience members will be asked to check coats and book bags during the program.
  • When 'academic freedom' fails

    04/15/2005 7:59:36 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 24 replies · 828+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 15, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    After the University of Colorado's Ward Churchill scandal, you might think it's nearly impossible for U.S. universities to get rid of faculty members. It's not so. While it's true that faculty members can embrace terrorists, demean their victims, plagiarize the work of others, lie about their ethnic backgrounds for better positions and generally hold America and Americans in contempt, there is something they can say on the college campus that will get them fired. In fact, I can tell you very easily and succinctly what a college professor can do to get the ax on nearly any university campus across...
  • Horowitz Speech Disrupted (And Reaction from Socialist Prof)

    04/15/2005 7:07:23 AM PDT · by Flightdeck · 90 replies · 2,763+ views
    Daily Texan ^ | 4/15/04 | Marjon Rostami
    A speech about academic freedom turned into a "violation of First Amendment rights," according to Dana Cloud, a member of the International Socialist Organization. Six people, including one juvenile, were arrested Wednesday night after protesting David Horowitz's speech at Townes Hall at the UT School of Law. The Texas Federalist Society hosted the meeting and invited Horowitz, a right-wing advocate and author of the Academic Bill of Rights, to speak. Opposition groups were holding signs and speaking out during Horowitz's speech on Wednesday, but when they were told to stop speaking, some took out noisemakers to mark their disapproval of...
  • Operation Academic Freedom

    04/14/2005 11:04:24 PM PDT · by SteveH · 444+ views
    March 23, 2005 OPERATION ACADEMIC FREEDOM Capitol Rally for Academic Freedom to Highlight College Republicans’ annual Convention "We have the distinct privilege to be joined by an long list of leading Republican figures who will address us at various events throughout the weekend," said Mason Harrison, a sophomore at UC Davis and the Convention Director. Speakers include Sen. Tom McClintock, Bill Simon, Rosario Marin, David Horowitz, Ward Connerly, Assemblyman Mark Wyland, Senator Bill Morrow, former congressman Jim Rogan, actor/comedian John O’Hurley and possibly even Gov. Schwarzenegger. The highlight of the weekend will be a bipartisan rally hosted by CCR on...
  • Politicizing of schools continues

    04/14/2005 6:45:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies · 604+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | April 12, 2005 | Rick Reiss
    Politicizing of schools continues By: RICK REISS - For The Californian Parents, keep the Pepto-Bismal nearby. Today while your children attend college, high school and even middle school, they will be subjected to more political indoctrination courtesy of another left-wing pressure group. Today's topic of indoctrination is homosexuality. This is brought to you by the activists at the "Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network." The GLSEN has declared today a "Day of Silence" to advance their homosexual agenda.
  • My Battle with the Thought Police

    04/14/2005 3:38:47 PM PDT · by SteveH · 9 replies · 1,018+ views
    Mises Media via ^ | April 14, 2005 | Hans-Hermann Hoppe
    My Battle with the Thought Police By Hans-Hermann Hoppe Mises Media April 14, 2005 Readers of [Mises Economics Blog] probably know about my ordeal at my university, which has been covered quite extensively on this site and by the major mainstream press. Now that major combat operations have ended (to employ a phrase used by Bush in reference to Iraq...two years ago), I've had some time to reflect on what happened, why, and whether and to what extent I responded properly. And so here are my thoughts on this incident that took my career as a professor of economics in...

    04/13/2005 4:18:34 PM PDT · by perfect stranger · 193 replies · 5,879+ views ^ | April 13, 2005 | Ann Coulter
    Liberals enjoy claiming that they are intellectuals, thrilled to engage in a battle of wits. This, they believe, distinguishes them from conservatives, who are religious fanatics who react with impotent rage to opposing ideas. As one liberal, Jonathan Chait, put the cliche in The New Republic: Bush is an "instinctive anti-intellectual" and his administration hostile to "fact-driven debate." In a favorable contrast, Clinton is "the former Rhodes scholar who relished academic debates." Showing his usual reverence for fact-checking, The New York Times' Paul Krugman says the Republican Party is "dominated by people who believe truth should be determined by revelation,...
  • A Smoking Gun at Columbia University: A new saga in the assault on academic freedom unravels

    04/11/2005 8:36:25 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 656+ views
    VDH Private Papers ^ | August 11, 2004 | Bruce Thornton
    If you've ever wondered how American universities can continue to allow political advocacy and indoctrination to flourish in their classrooms, consider the recent controversy over Columbia University's department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC). In a documentary called Columbia Unbecoming, 14 Columbia students describe what they considered expressions of anti-Israel bias and intimidation in some MEALAC department courses. In response, Columbia's President Lee Bollinger last winter appointed a faculty committee to investigate the matter. This was the second committee the president appointed, the students and others having rejected the first committee's obvious attempt to brush aside the...
  • The Princeton Way: There’s a real demand out there for alternative programs

    04/11/2005 8:01:56 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 7 replies · 731+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 4/11/2005 | Stanley Kurtz
    There’s a real demand out there for alternative programs and points of view on college campuses. If Steven Roy Goodman is right, the implications for the academy are immense. According to Goodman, who makes his living advising students who are applying to college, many families are now so fed up with campus p.c. that they’ve started to avoid the most egregiously left-wing schools. That means students are beginning to shun big-name colleges — where politicization is at its worst — in favor of less prestigious, but also less prejudiced, schools. For example, Columbia University seems to be losing applicants in...
  • Conduct Unbecoming

    04/11/2005 8:40:46 PM PDT · by rmlew · 3 replies · 606+ views
    The Weekly Standard, Daily Standard ^ | 04/11/2005 | Paul Mirengoff
    ABIGAIL THERNSTROM once described the American college campus as an island of repression in a sea of freedom. The report of Columbia University's ad hoc grievance committee suggests that Columbia is such an island. On its face, the report presents findings and recommendations concerning allegations by Columbia students that they were subjected to intimidation and abuse by members of the university's department of Middle East and Asian Language and Cultures (MEALAC). However, the report is better understood as a directive to Columbia students to take without protest the poisonous medicine being administered by the anti-Israel, anti-American radicals who dominate MEALAC....
  • Political Intrusions into the Academy

    04/11/2005 12:07:04 PM PDT · by SteveH · 3 replies · 437+ views
    aaup ^ | 3/2005 | aaup
    html> American Association of University Professors Political Intrusions into the Academy In many countries, governments have a larger role in their university affairs than is true of government in the United States. In at least a few other places, the ruling political party controls universities directly, determining the faculty to be hired and promoted, the students to be admitted, the subject matter to be taught, the research to be pursued, and the speakers to be welcomed. In the United States, universities and colleges form an independent sector, accountable to the academic disciplines represented in the institutions, and to the judgments...
  • College elites misinterpret academic freedom, putting their views first

    02/22/2005 12:55:58 AM PST · by John Lenin · 4 replies · 546+ views
    The South End ^ | Feb/22/2005 | Brian Biglin
    Brian BiglinContributing Writer The issue of academic freedom has been brought to the forefront in recent weeks. Apparently academic freedom is being extended so far, in some cases, that a professor in Colorado named Ward Churchill can replace his ethnic studies curriculum with radical, anti-American, anti-capitalist establishment propaganda. Churchill describes with accuracy his feelings regarding the Sept. 11 tragedy. While he says he mourns for the losses of the individuals in the towers and planes, his mourning is coupled with rants on how so many of the victims had it coming, comparing them to Nazis at one point. He spends...
  • The Hypocrisy of Academic Freedom

    04/09/2005 7:58:19 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 10 replies · 1,282+ views
    Columbia University Spectator ^ | April 08, 2005 | By Costin Alamariu
    Columbia Unbecoming is on the whole just a series of complaints having to do mainly with manner or etiquette in the classroom, but the real issue has to do with the meager and politicized content that professors choose to teach. As Efraim Karsh, head of the Mediterranean Studies department at King’s College, University of London, implied on March 6 in Uris Hall, Massad’s classroom hysterics are not the real problem. The real problem is a polite and affable man like Professor Khalidi, who nevertheless peddles political propaganda in class, propaganda masquerading as real scholarship.Two articles in the March 23, 2005...
  • Columbia Whitewash

    04/07/2005 12:30:32 PM PDT · by Piranha · 3 replies · 518+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 1, 2005 | Richard Baehr
    Predictably, as night follows day, the ad hoc faculty committee appointed by Columbia University President Lee Bollinger to examine the behavior of several Columbia faculty towards Israeli or pro-Israel students has concluded that little or nothing of concern occurred. Rather, given the opportunity to produce a report that is sure to receive widespread publicity, the faculty committee concluded that the more disturbing problem is found elsewhere - with pro-Israel students disrupting lectures on Middle Eastern studies, and some faculty members feeling that they were spied on. So the real problem at Columbia is not anti-Semitism, biased and untruthful teaching, or...
  • College Faculties A Most Liberal Lot, Study Finds

    03/28/2005 10:36:50 PM PST · by quidnunc · 21 replies · 880+ views
    The Washington Post, ^ | March 29, 2005 | Howard Kurtz
    College faculties, long assumed to be a liberal bastion, lean further to the left than even the most conspiratorial conservatives might have imagined, a new study says. By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms, with 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identifying themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans. The disparity is even more pronounced at the most elite schools, where, according to the study, 87 percent of...
  • Study Finds Academia May Favor Liberals

    04/07/2005 8:10:33 AM PDT · by rface · 32 replies · 1,231+ views
    The Harvard University Crimson ^ | Thursday, April 07, 2005 | SARAH E.F. MILOV
    “Conservatives have a hard time in academia,” Mansfield said. “Just look at my department. There are fifty professors, and two or three are Republicans. How is that possible?”....Graduate School of Education professor Julie A. Reuben said that she believed the abundance of liberals in academia could be due to the fact that as people become more educated, they tend to become more liberal. Harvard’s facetious moniker, “The Kremlin on the Charles,” may be more accurate than previously speculated, according to a report released last week. The study, published in The Forum, an online social science journal, concluded that discrimination may...
  • Testimony of Robert David Johnson (re intellectual diversity on college campuses)

    04/03/2005 10:13:22 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 5 replies · 1,051+ views
        Testimony ofRobert David Johnson, Ph.D.Professor of History, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New YorkBrooklyn, NYTestimony Before theHealth, Education, Labor, & Pensions CommitteeUnited States SenateHearing on Intellectual DiversityOctober 29, 2003 Mr. Chairman, and Members of the Committee: My name is Robert David Johnson. I am a professor of history at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where I teach courses in U.S. political, diplomatic, and constitutional history. As a historian of the Senate, I am particularly honored to appear before the committee. I have written...
  • What Your Professors Won't Tell You: Why Diversity Stops at the Classroom Door

    08/27/2003 9:04:11 PM PDT · by MikalM · 18 replies · 1,171+ views
    What do colleges really mean by diversity? As the brochures suggest, they generally mean external characteristics: skin color and ethnic background that supposedly make you different, in very important, if ambiguous ways, from your classmates. If you're black, for example, you're assumed to be somehow crucially different from your white roommate--even if you both graduated from Edina High School. This isn't real diversity, and many students sense it--especially people who've traveled to places that have truly different cultures: India, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, or even France. In America there's really one overarching culture in which all citizens participate, though the experience...
  • An Academic Question

    04/05/2005 12:47:12 PM PDT · by guitarist · 50 replies · 2,143+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 5, 2005 | Paul Krugman
    It's a fact, documented by two recent studies, that registered Republicans and self-proclaimed conservatives make up only a small minority of professors at elite universities. But what should we conclude from that? Conservatives see it as compelling evidence of liberal bias in university hiring and promotion. And they say that new "academic freedom" laws will simply mitigate the effects of that bias, promoting a diversity of views. But a closer look both at the universities and at the motives of those who would police them suggests a quite different story. Claims that liberal bias keeps conservatives off college faculties almost...
  • Liberal bias in colleges bleeds into classroom

    03/31/2005 5:59:23 AM PST · by FlyLow · 7 replies · 517+ views
    JWR | 3-31-05 | Cal Thomas
    You'd better sit down while reading this shocking news: College faculties are not only mostly liberal, but lean even further to the left than conservatives have imagined. According to a study by professors at Smith College, George Mason University and the University of Toronto (they surveyed 1,643 full-time faculty at 183 four-year schools), 72 percent of professors at American universities labeled themselves liberal, while just 15 percent said they are conservative. 50 percent of faculty members identified themselves as Democrats and only 11 percent Republicans. Political Science professors Robert Lichter of George Mason University, Neil Nevitte of the University of...
  • College classes taught mostly by liberals, study confirms

    03/30/2005 11:44:13 AM PST · by Crookie Monster · 83 replies · 1,332+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 03-30-2005 | The Washington Post
    College classes taught mostly by liberals, study confirms March 30, 2005 UPDA0330 • Latest: College faculties, long assumed to be a liberal bastion, lean further to the left than even the most conspiratorial conservatives might have imagined, a new study says. • Within those ivy-covered halls: By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms: 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identified themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans. The...