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  • Wikipedia editor responds to ‘Critical Race Theory’ edit war

    A Wikipedia article devoted to Critical Race Theory, a controversial legal theory crafted to respond to the alleged role of “white supremacy” in American law, was placed on a temporary editing lockdown over the weekend after bloggers determined that CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien had relied on Wikipedia’s introductory definition of the theory — verbatim — during on an-air debate. A second lock was placed on the article Monday to protect it from politically biased editors who adjusted it following O’Brien’s gaffe. The flurry began after Breitbart.com editor Joel Pollak made a guest appearance on O’Brien’s show to explain a video...
  • What's the Matter with Soledad O'Brien?

    03/14/2012 4:09:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 93 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    What's the Matter with Soledad O'Brien? CNN's Soledad O'Brien isn't used to criticism. In the world of media elites, she's a beloved figure and an award-winning news anchor. But last week, she revealed her true, decidedly non-neutral colors. And she's not happy about the hoi polloi questioning her hallowed journalistic objectivity. On Thursday, O'Brien interviewed Joel Pollak, editor-in-chief of the late Andrew Breitbart's online empire. Breitbart's BigGovernment.com released a 1991 video of Barack Obama (then a 30-year-old law student) at a Harvard rally embracing radical racialist Derrick Bell and his push for more aggressive race-based hiring at Harvard. Bell is...
  • Harvard Cheaper Than Cal State

    03/13/2012 11:07:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 | Joe Mathews
    Well-funded private universities like Harvard have sought to attract more middle-class students by offering generous aid packages. This results in big discounts in tuition and fees.Is attending Harvard cheaper than going to a California State University campus? Yes, for many middle-class families, reports Matt Krupnick in a terrific story by the Bay Area News Group. How is that possible? Because of two trends. Well-funded private universities like Harvard have sought to attract more middle-class students by offering generous aid packages. This results in big discounts in tuition and fees. At the same time, taxpayer support to California's public university systems...
  • Bell Wanted Preferential Treatment, Not Equality

    03/10/2012 8:16:59 AM PST · by opentalk · 29 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 9, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    One of the more common spins by the mainstream media about the now-famous Derrick Bell video is that the rally was for more diversity on the Harvard Law campus. This is wrong. In fact, Bell and Obama were demanding special treatment for Regina Austin, a radical black law professor with poor credentials—she lacked the usual Supreme Court clerkships or law-review appointments—necessary for the position. Bell and Obama demanded that Harvard violate its longstanding policy about not voting on tenure track positions to visiting professors.Don’t take my word for it. Take Derrick Bell’s. He granted that Austin lacked the proper credentials...
  • The Harvard Hug: What Else Are Media Hiding?

    03/10/2012 5:20:50 AM PST · by radioone · 93 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 3-9-12 | IBD Editorial Staff
    Bias: We were wrong. The media elite did in fact vet this president, but they covered up what they found. And now that citizen journalists are digging it up, they're trying to rebury it. Exhibit A is the controversial video of Barack Obama praising and hugging radical Harvard law professor Derrick Bell. The media knew it existed four years ago and conspired with academia to hide it to get Obama elected. "We hid this during the 2008 campaign," confessed Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree. PBS had it then, but cut both the audio and the hug in a report on...
  • Radical Cronyism? Sit-In Leader Nominated as Judge by Pres. Obama

    03/09/2012 11:05:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/9/12 | David Steinberg
    The leader of the occupation in the video — Robert L. Wilkins of the Harvard Black Law Students Association — was nominated by President Obama on May 20, 2010 to be considered for judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia. He is now a sitting judge in that position. (snip)Not mentioned in the press release: that Wilkins once led an illegal occupation of a law school building to demand the school hire based on skin color, a protest primarily focused on supporting the actions of radical bigot Derrick Bell.
  • Time To Send CNN A Little Message....

    03/08/2012 10:09:33 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 42 replies
    3/8/2012
    Pardon me for just a moment....(Vanity) But if you have not watched the video of CNN this morning with Soledad O'Brien mocking Joel Pollack of Breitbart.com for the Obama Harvard video...then please...go view it. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/03/08/The%20Vetting%20CNN%20Implodes%20Over%20Obama%20Bell%20Video After you are finished...send CNN a note at this link: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/show/?s=generalcomments&hdln=4 To demand that Soledad be removed from the air or that a disclaimer be shown that she is a member of the Democratic Party every single time her face appears on the screen. Her along with her panel today showed what true liberal media bias is and we should not let it go unnoticed....
  • Michelle Malkin Skewers Juan Williams Over Obama Harvard Protest Tapes (Video)

    03/07/2012 10:11:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/7/12 | Fox
    Michelle Malkin was invited on the Hannity Show tonight to discuss the Obama Harvard protest tapes that were released today by Breitbart.com. Michelle blasted leftie Juan Williams for playing down the significance of the tapes – tapes that show Barack Obama leading a protest at Harvard in defense of a radical academic tied to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. And, once again we learn that the only experience Barack Obama brought with him to the White House was his expertise in radical, anti-American, socialist doctrine.
  • Revealed: Derrick Bell's HBO Sci-Fi Blaxploitation Flick

    03/07/2012 9:14:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 3/7/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    Derrick Bell, the man whose scholarship inspired Barack Obama, was the Jeremiah Wright of academia. And a Hollywood cult hero. Bell was one of the chief proponents of Critical Race Theory, a radical doctrine that holds that American legal institutions—including our civil rights laws—perpetuate white supremacy. Bell’s ideas were not only radical, but bizarre. After leaving Harvard (he resigned in 1992), he wrote a racialist, antisemitic fictional essay titled “The Space Traders,” which Ninth Circuit judge Alex Kozinski described in the New York Times with disgust: Imagine, if you will, that space aliens land in the United States and offer...
  • More Obama Tapes: Michelle Obama a Race Agitating Occupier?

    03/07/2012 8:47:08 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3-7-2012 | J.Christian Adams
    More Obama Tapes: Michelle Obama a Race Agitating Occupier? J.Christian Adams March 7, 2012 A treasure trove of information is coming out regarding Barack Obama’s time in college. Over at the Breitbart sites, we are learning how Obama inserted himself into a fight to implement hiring on the basis of race at Harvard Law School. The Obama tapes also seem to show the other Obama – Michelle – occupying the Harvard Law School dean’s office. The occupiers were agitating for the race-based hiring of Harvard law professors.The racialist fight at Harvard Law from 1988 to 1991 swirls around Professor Derrick...
  • OBAMA: 'Open up your hearts and your minds' to racialist prof

    03/07/2012 6:46:27 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | March 7, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Below is footage of Barack Obama praising and hugging Professor Derrick Bell. It was spliced and diced by the media to avoid showing just how close Obama was to Bell. More than that, a close associate of the Obama campaign, Harvard Law School’s Professor Charles Ogletree, admitted on our exclusive tape, “We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign. I don’t care if they find it now.” Well, we found it. And it is damaging, because Barack Obama was as close or closer to Derrick Bell than he ever was to Jeremiah Wright. Obama didn’t merely sit in the pews –...
  • Space Traders (story by Obama's 'mentor')

    03/07/2012 1:35:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Face Book ^ | 3/7/12 | Derrick Bell
    1 January. The first surprise was not their arrival. The radio messages had begun weeks before, announcing that one thousand ships from a star far out in space would land on 1 January 2000, in harbors along the Atlantic coast from Cape Cod to North Carolina. Well before dawn on that day, millions of people across North America had wakened early to witness the moment the ships entered Earth's atmosphere. However expected, to the watchers, children of the electronic age, the spaceships' approach was as awesome as had been that earlier one of three ships, one October over five hundred...
  • The Story Behind the Obama Law School Speech Video (PBS Damage Control)

    03/07/2012 5:13:50 PM PST · by kristinn · 32 replies
    Frontline - PBS ^ | Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | Andrew Golis
    The web is abuzz today about video of a speech Barack Obama gave in 1990 (some reports have incorrectly identified the speech as occurring in 1991) at Harvard Law School defending the actions of Professor Derrick Bell. Bell, the law school’s first tenured black professor, had protested Harvard’s failure to offer tenure to women of color as law school professors. Online publisher Andrew Brietbart, who died last week, had said he possessed the speech and hinted that he would release it, arguing that it provided evidence that Obama has long held radical political beliefs. Today, the website BuzzFeed published a...
  • caption obama at 1991 Harvard rally

    03/07/2012 7:35:49 PM PST · by matt1234 · 62 replies
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  • Never Before Seen 1991 Video Of A Harvard Protest Shows Barack Obama Defending A Radical Law Prof.

    03/07/2012 6:29:11 PM PST · by tobyhill · 63 replies
    business Insider ^ | 3/7/2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed discovered this little gem of a video, in which then-law student Barack Obama spoke at a protest in favor of Harvard Law Professor Derrick Bell. Kaczynski explains what the protest was all about. Bell was the first black tenured professor at the school, and a pioneer of "critical race theory," which insisted, controversially, on reading issues of race and power into legal scholarship. His protest that spring was occasioned by Harvard's denial of tenure to a black woman professor, Regina Austin, at a time when only three of the law school's professors were black and only...
  • The Vetting: Obama Embraces Racialist Harvard Prof Obama [tapes on #Hannity tonight]

    03/07/2012 2:44:44 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 94 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/7/12 | Staff
    Breaking footage shows a young Barack Obama leading a protest at Harvard Law School on behalf of Prof. Derrick Bell, a radical academic tied to Jeremiah Wright. We will be releasing significant information in the coming hours.
  • from Derrick Bell: Barack Obama and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Issue

    03/07/2012 1:19:23 PM PST · by marstegreg · 28 replies
    The Rev. Dr. Paul Smith Weblog ^ | March 23, 2008 | Rev. Dr. Paul Smith
    Sen. Obama, his campaign threatened by Rev. Wright’s sermons – or sermon snippets – played over and over again, has spoken out about racial difference and anger and the need to get beyond it in order to address effectively the serious problems that face us all. But like the politicians we discussed who avoid the tough issues, Obama has chosen to condemn rather than acknowledge the truth in Rev. Wright’s sermons. He does so while appropriately refusing to end his relationship with Wright who brought him to Christianity.
  • At Harvard, Obama Dived Into Diversity Fight (video)

    03/07/2012 9:21:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    buzz feed ^ | 3/7/12 | Andrew Kaczynski
    In this video, not previously available online but licensed by BuzzFeed from a Boston television station, the future president speaks at a 1991 campus protest organized to demand tenure for minority and female law professors. It was perhaps Barack Obama's most intense immersion in the charged campus racial politics of the late 1980s and early 1990s: As President of the Harvard Law Review in the spring of his final year there, 1991, he aligned himself with Professor Derrick Bell's dramatic protest for diversity on the faculty of Harvard Law School. Bell was the first black tenured professor at the school,...
  • Buddy Fletcher: Financial Genius — or a Fake?

    03/05/2012 10:30:48 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Boston Magazine ^ | March 2012 | RICHARD BRADLEY
    EVEN IN THE DAKOTA, the storied apartment building on New York’s Upper West Side, home to such cultural icons as Yoko Ono and Lauren Bacall, Buddy Fletcher stood out. African American, fantastically accomplished, and wealthy, Fletcher had grown up in modest circumstances, gone to Harvard, and graduated as “first marshal” of his class in 1987. From there he hit Wall Street, earned millions before he turned 25, and started his own firm, Fletcher Asset Management. By the time he was 30, the company was operating as a hedge fund and boasting of triple-digit returns. Fletcher made multimillion-dollar donations to Harvard,...
  • Exclusive Audio: Harvard Anti-Israel Conference: The Jewish People Does Not Exist

    03/04/2012 8:23:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 3/4/12 | Joel B. Pollack
    Anti-Israel activists who have gathered this weekend at Harvard University's "One State Conference" were told yesterday that the Jewish people do not exist. Prof. Susan M. Akram of Boston University's School of Law told the gathering that there is no legal basis for Jewish self-determination--at all: Israel’s claim of a state, on the basis of exclusive and discriminatory rights to Jews [sic], has never been juridically recognized. In other words, the concept of the Jewish people as a national entity with extraterritorial claims has never been recognized under international law. Similar denials of the Jewish people's existence and rights enabled...
  • Harvard Endorses Israel's Destruction

    02/23/2012 11:40:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Joshua Pundit ^ | 2/19/12 | Joshua Pundit
    On March 3-4, Harvard University is hosting a conference sponsored by its Kennedy School of Government entitled “One State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One State Solution.” Its explicit goal is to discuss methods of achieving the the destruction of Israel. According to the “Vision and Goals” of the conference, as outlined by its website: “To date, the only Israel/Palestine solution that has received a fair rehearsal in mainstream forums has been the two-state solution. Our conference will help to expand the range of academic debate on this issue. Thus, our main goal is to educate ourselves and others about the...
  • Harvard Likely To Support Affirmative Action in Supreme Court Case

    02/23/2012 10:45:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Harvard Crimson ^ | February 23, 2012 | JUSTIN C. WORLAND
    When the United States Supreme Court heard the first case challenging affirmative action in higher education in 1978, Harvard defended the use of race in admissions decisions. Now, as the Court takes up the issue again more than 30 years later, Harvard is likely to lobby the Court in favor of affirmative action once again, according to University General Counsel Robert W. Iuliano ’83. “Harvard has long believed that a diverse class enhances the educational experience for all of our students,” Iuliano wrote in a statement. “I anticipate that the University will seek to express its views to the United...
  • Exploring Racism in Overlooked Objects (Harvard professor alert)

    02/22/2012 12:16:13 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | February 21, 2012 | ALEXANDRA L. ALMORE
    Children’s toys: offensive or not? In a moderated discussion on Feb. 8, professor Robin Bernstein posited that racism often exists in unlikely objects and concepts of a culture. Raggedy Ann, a widely recognized stuffed doll of the American childhood experience, is one such unexpected preserve of racism. However, in this recent Writer Series Event held by the Harvard Foundation in conjunction with the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Department of African and African American Studies, Bernstein provocatively challenged the audience to consider the historical context of this seemingly inoffensive childhood object—a subconscious reminder...
  • Harvard, Jew haters, motherhood and Israel

    02/19/2012 5:01:15 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies · 1+ views
    CarolineGlick.com ^ | February 19, 2012 | Caroline Glick
    This morning I received an e-mail alert from CAMERA that my alma mater, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government is hosting a two-day conference which essentially begins with the proposition that Israel has no right to exist. This isn't surprising. After all, the Kennedy School is home to my old professor Steve Walt. No one there batted a lash when he co-published his updated version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion with University of Chicago's John Mearshimer. Not only did Walt suffer no recrimination from his colleagues at Harvard when he first emerged a professional Jew basher. He suffered...
  • How my child went from home school to Harvard and yours can, too

    01/27/2012 10:31:25 AM PST · by Sopater · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 26, 2012 | Wayne Allen Root
    America is in shambles from sea to shining sea. Unemployment is nearly at Great Depression levels. The real estate is still week and near collapse. And, of course, our U.S. Triple A credit rating is gone for the first time in history. But this is National School Choice Week and all of that terrible economic news is child’s play (excuse the pun) compared to our failing government-run education system. The accelerating and dramatic decline of our public school system is the shame of this once great country. I call our public school system "Every Child Left Behind." The failure of...
  • ABCs Stephanopoulos has undisclosed ties to Obama activists who promoted president’s career

    01/09/2012 5:40:20 PM PST · by tutstar · 29 replies
    Klein Online ^ | 1 8 2012 | Aaron Klein
    ABC News commentator George Stephanopoulos has a previously undisclosed connection to President Obama – the two were part of a small group at Harvard University that met for a period of three years purportedly to promote involvement with U.S. community institutions. Participants at the research project, which took place between 1997 and 2000, included scores of individuals with ties to Obama, including several activists who were later appointed to positions in the Obama administration. Other participants were instrumental in promoting Obama’s political career. Just yesterday, Stephanopoulos was the subject of conservative criticism for pointed questions he asked Republican presidential candidates...
  • Harvard Fires Critic of Jihad

    12/23/2011 5:52:17 AM PST · by TPOOH · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Pamela Geller
    In a crushing blow to academic freedom, Harvard University has censored and fired a prominent professor because university administrators didn't like what he said about Islam. The tenured professors at Harvard, who cannot be fired in order to protect their freedom to express themselves, have failed to rally to the cause of the fired professor -- and worse, the expulsion was occasioned in part by a faculty vote: At a meeting of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, faculty members voted with an "overwhelming majority" to remove two economics courses - 'Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business' and 'Economic Development...
  • Harvard Sells Out Free Speech to Islamic Supremacism

    12/14/2011 7:10:43 PM PST · by JimWayne · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/14/2011 | Pamela Geller
    Harvard University has dropped courses on economics taught by a Hindu professor, Subramanian Swamy, president of the Janata Party of India and a former Union Cabinet minister—not because they were poorly taught, or because Swamy advocated discredited economic theories (such as, say, socialism), but because he wrote an editorial last summer that Muslims find offensive. ... Neither Eck nor Kelly nor anyone else, however, bothered to mention that Swamy’s piece was called “How to wipe out Islamic terror,” and that it was written in the context of the Islamic jihad against India. I ran it on my website AtlasShrugs.com here...
  • Environmental Scientist Caught Agreeing To Ignore Her Own Data, Make Up New Claims

    12/13/2011 12:19:01 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 12 replies
    Wizbang Blog ^ | December 12, 2011 | Kevin
    Dr. Ann Maest is a managing scientist at Straus Consulting, and she’s the go to expert on all things groundwater. In the press release announcing her reappointment to the National Academy of Sciences, they mention that she is focused on the environmental effects of mining and petroleum extraction and production, and, more recently, on the effects of climate change on water quality. Maest is in high demand as an expert for those looking to stop oil and mineral exploration. She’s also heavily used by the federal government, even though after new details about her past work are coming to light...
  • Life & Death in Academia

    12/07/2011 12:47:22 PM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 7, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Putting the power of life and death in anyone’s hands is a dubious undertaking, to put it mildly. Giving such responsibility to a pair of academics is questionable, at best. “Senior Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki and another America-born militant were killed in Yemen early Friday morning by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike, marking the highest-profile takedown of terror leaders since the raid on Usama bin Laden’s compound,” Jennifer Griffin & Justin Fishel reported on Fox News.com on September 30, 2011. “Sensing they were on sensitive ground, officials of the Obama Administration illegally leaked information to The New York Times...
  • Academia: For Democrats Only

    12/01/2011 8:32:06 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 28, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In what might be a record, 22 Obama Administration officials have already left the government for academia. Two cabinet officials are in this mix. Interestingly, both held the same position—chair of the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA). Another interesting note is that of the aforementioned group, seven, or about one-third of the total—decamped for Harvard. Yet and still, there is at least one indication that the exodus continues unabated.
  • Proud to Apply to Harvard (application will ask students if they are "queer")

    11/21/2011 7:27:31 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | November 21, 2011
    In January, the Common Application decided not to include a question about college applicant’s sexual orientation or gender identity in its widely used application. Last week, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 told The Crimson that despite that decision, Harvard College is considering giving applicants that option on its supplement in order to show prospective students that the College is a welcoming space for them. If it does, Harvard will join Elmhurst College, which was the first college in the country to pose such a question this year. Peer institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania...
  • Woman, 30, killed after being hit with Uhaul loaded with kegs at Yale-Harvard football game

    11/19/2011 1:06:47 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    NHRegister.Com ^ | November 19, 2011 | Amanda Pinto
    NEW HAVEN - A 30-year-old woman was killed today in a parking lot at Yale Bowl "notorious" for tailgating, after an out of control Uhaul truck loaded with beer kegs ran over her and two other women, police and other sources said. This is a big day for the lot because the Yale-Harvard football game is being played today.
  • As the American dream unravels [so says Harvard palestinian-American]

    11/17/2011 5:32:02 PM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 11-17-11 | Ahmed Moor
    American youth have realised the dream they have been prepared for won't happen - now they fight for a fair future. Something is unravelling in America. The dream, the purpose and the drive are worn and tired. The people are under siege. Occupy Wall Street is organic; it's homegrown and native. The voluntary, viral and near-spontaneous movement began as a reaction to a political system governed by a venal class of politicians and financiers. The story of their ascent to power is the story of the pauperised American worker and the indigent American family. It is the story of a...
  • LGBT Question May Be Added to Admissions Application (Harvard)

    11/16/2011 3:31:21 PM PST · by Salman · 36 replies
    The Harvard Crimson ^ | November 16, 201 | Justin C. Worland , CRIMSON STAFF WRITER
    The College is considering adding language to its application for admission that would allow prospective students to self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 told The Crimson. “We want to send a positive signal to students who are grappling with the issue of [sexual orientation] or gender identity,” Fitzsimmons said. “I think this campus is really welcoming to all students and that’s the signal we want to send.” Fitzsimmons said identification as LGBT would not act as a positive “tip” in the application process, unlike other factors like place of...
  • Occupy someone else’s Yard(Harvard)

    11/12/2011 4:37:56 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 12, 2011 | Howie Carr
    So let me get this straight: Harvard students are “occupying” the Yard to protest how the 1 percent keep the 99 percent in economic servitude. But the Crimson protest against capitalist oppression is by invitation only, and all the gates on campus have been locked, chained and padlocked to keep out the real 99 percent? Occupy Harvard? It’s more like Occupy Gated Community. The pampered pukes are saying their faux encampment of Eddie Bauer and L.L. Bean tents is “symbolic.” It sure is — symbolic of the breathtaking hypocrisy of these limousine liberals. They’re in solidarity with the rabble ......
  • Occupy Harvard? Students Protest Course Of Romney Advisor Gregory Mankiw

    11/08/2011 4:58:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Radio Boston ^ | 11/02/11 | Adam Ragusea
    Occupy Harvard? Students Protest Course Of Romney Advisor Gregory Mankiw By Adam Ragusea (@aragusea) Nov 2, 2011, 3:40 PM Harvard University students and demonstrators from Occupy Boston protested outside of Gregory Mankiw's economics course. (Adam Ragusea/WBUR) Harvard University students and demonstrators from Occupy Boston protested outside of Gregory Mankiw's economics course. (Adam Ragusea/WBUR) It’s a long hike from the mud-caked tents of Dewey Square to the polished wood and stained glass of Harvard University’s Memorial Hall, but on Tuesday, Occupy Boston came to campus. And they brought their Occupy-style call-and-response. “Oh my god, this is a lot of people,” organizer...
  • Did a Harvard economics class cause the financial crisis? Students walk out of lecture...

    11/07/2011 2:00:07 AM PST · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 7th, 2011 | Lydia Warren
    It has spread from New York to Europe and as far afield as Mongolia. And now a new, perhaps unlikely, location has been caught in the Occupy Wall Street crossfire: a Harvard economics class. Around 70 students walked out of Professor Greg Mankiw's Economics 10 class this week, claiming his teachings have driven the inequalities in today’s society. In an open letter, they suggest his conservative curriculum has influenced former Harvard students – including today’s policy makers and bankers – to bring about the financial crisis.
  • Darcy Burner's claims of a Harvard econ degree an exaggeration

    11/02/2011 9:52:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/2/11 | Emily Heffter
    In recent weeks, Democratic congressional candidate Darcy Burner has touted her Harvard degree in economics when talking about the nation's financial crisis and her opposition to the bailout package passed by Congress. At two debates this month, she brought up her academic background in her opening statement. "I loved economics so much that I got a degree in it from Harvard," she said at an Oct. 10 debate at KCTS-TV. "Now everywhere I go in this district, the only thing people want to talk to me about is the economy." But while she took courses in economics, Burner doesn't have...
  • Time For A Constitutional Convention?

    10/06/2011 11:11:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2011 | Ralph Benko
    Last week the unthinkable happened.  While you were distracted by the banal and only marginally important presidential primaries, the lion, Harvard Law School, publicly lay down with the lamb, the Tea Party Patriots.  The long-term political implications are, potentially, far more potent than a mere presidency. The SuperElite and the SuperPopulists convened at Harvard for a “Conference for a Constitutional Convention.”  It was co-hosted by Lawrence Lessig, from Harvard, and by Mark Meckler, co-founder of the 850,000 member Tea Party Patriots. Lessig is a leading figure on the social democratic left, the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for...
  • The 43% college tuition income tax rate

    09/27/2011 12:20:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    http://npc.fas.harvard.edu/ ^ | September 23, 2011 | me
    Like many wealthy universities, Harvard offers only "need-based" financial aid, which means that rich parents need to pay much more than poor ones. Using the calculator at the site listed above, you can estimate the marginal income tax rate Harvard imposes. Assuming zero student assets, Harvard expects parents to contribute 10% of income up to $150K, which is $15K for parents earning $150K. Above that level, the marginal income tax is much higher. Parents earning $235K are expected to pay $52K. The marginal tax rate for income rising to $150K to $235K is (52-15)/(235-150) = 43.5% . This is of...
  • Harvard Pressures Freshmen to Sign a Moral Pledge

    09/15/2011 6:03:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Minding the Campus ^ | September 13, 2011 | Harvey A. Silverglate and Adam Kissel
    Harvard College’s Class of 2015 found something unprecedented awaiting their arrival on campus: an ideological pledge. It was framed as a request for allegiance to certain social and political principles. No such request had been made of Harvard students since the college’s founding by Puritans in 1636. First-years are being pressured to sign a “Freshman Pledge” committing them to create a campus “where the exercise of kindness holds a place on a par with intellectual attainment” — all in the name of “upholding the values of the College” including “inclusiveness and civility.” The request – originating from the Dean of...
  • Two Major Examples of Why We Can’t Trust the Mainstream Media

    08/31/2011 10:28:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2011 | Ron Radosh
    A few not to be missed articles or blogs have appeared in the past few days. The first is by the conservative New York Times columnist, Ross Douthat. Most people, especially those who still buy the print edition, see his regular featured column. But fewer people read his blog, which appears only on the paperÂ’s website, and for that, one usually has to search to find. Two days ago, Douthat wrote about the myth spread by many Democrats and liberals: that conservatives and Republicans want to institute a theocracy in America. As Douthat points out, [A] spate of recent articles...
  • Academic conference seeks to normalize pedophilia

    08/16/2011 2:52:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 16, 2011 | JEREMY KRYN
    BALTIMORE, MD, August 16, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Researchers from several prominent U.S. universities will participate tomorrow in a Baltimore conference reportedly aiming to normalize pedophilia.  According to the sponsoring organization’s website, the event will examine ways in which “minor-attracted persons” can be involved in a revision of the American Psychological Association (APA) classification of pedophilia.  B4U-ACT, a group of pro-pedophile activists and mental health professionals, is behind the August 17 conference, which will include panelists from Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Illinois. B4U-ACT science director Howard Kline has criticized the definition...
  • Pot-Smoking Teens Hear Secret Television Messages

    08/09/2011 4:06:41 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 67 replies · 1+ views
    The Winston Review ^ | August 9, 2011 | -TWR-
    “Teenagers and young adults who use marijuana may be messing with their heads in ways they don’t intend,” reports Harvard Health Publications. Also: Evidence is mounting that regular marijuana use increases the chance that a teenager will develop psychosis, a pattern of unusual thoughts or perceptions, such as believing the television is transmitting secret messages. It also increases the risk of developing schizophrenia, a disabling brain disorder that not only causes psychosis, but also problems concentrating and loss of emotional expression. In one recent study that followed nearly 2,000 teenagers as they became young adults, young people who smoked marijuana...
  • In Cuba with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra

    07/26/2011 1:41:49 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies
    Harvard Magazine ^ | July 21, 2011 | Elizabeth C. Bloom
    ... American classical music is plagued by a lack of racial diversity. The Cuban choruses, however, seemed to reflect accurately the racial make-up of their country, with singers who were black, white, brown, and everything in between. It was refreshing to see that classical music didn’t predict the racial composition of the musicians as much as it did in our country. One of my friends on the trip wondered if there is less racism in Cuba, because communism places everyone on more or less equal economic ground. It is a bold claim: is economic equality a necessary prerequisite for full...
  • Can You Pass Harvard's 1869 Entrance Exam? (Before there were GPA's and SAT's)

    07/22/2011 10:18:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/22/2011 | Leah Goldman
    The following 1869 Harvard entrance exam was supposed to be a breeze, believe it or not (via GOOD). In those days colleges had to go out of their way to attract students. Harvard pointed out in a newspaper ad that 185 of 210 candidates passed the entrance test and were accepted in the previous year. But those candidates had the benefit of a focused prep school education. You will find this exam, which ranges from geography to geometry to Latin, extremely difficult. Take a stab at the answers in the comment section.
  • Feds: Harvard fellow hacked millions of papers

    07/19/2011 2:15:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:33 PM EDT | JAY LINDSAY
    BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University fellow who was studying ethics was charged with hacking into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's computer network to steal nearly 5 million academic articles. Aaron Swartz, 24, of Cambridge, was accused of stealing the documents from JSTOR, a popular research subscription service that offers digitized copies of more than 1,000 academic journals and documents, some dating back to the 17th century. In an indictment released Tuesday, prosecutors say Swartz stole 4.8 million articles between September 2010 and January after breaking into a computer wiring closet on MIT's campus. Swartz, then a student at the...
  • Harvard: July 4th Parades Are Right-Wing

    06/30/2011 9:15:41 AM PDT · by Old Teufel Hunden · 80 replies
    U.S. News ^ | 6/30/2011 | Paul Bedard
    Democratic political candidates can skip this weekend's July 4th parades. A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day. "Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation's political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party," said the report from Harvard.
  • 100-Year-Old Tortilla and Other Bizarre Items in Harvard's Collection

    06/15/2011 1:05:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    mnn ^ | Wed, Jun 15 2011
    A beetle necklace, Mark Twain's microscope, a 19th-century slate bearing "messages" from the spirit world, and a 100-year-old Mexican tortilla — given more than 350 years, you can collect some bizarre and fascinating items. Harvard has been collecting things for a long time, probably beginning with the donation of a library by its namesake, John Harvard, upon his death in 1638. Since then, the university has amassed more than 50 collections, not including libraries. A recent exhibit, dubbed "Tangible Things," pulled together a peculiar assortment of items taken from backrooms and Z-closets — storage areas where miscellaneous, oddball items might...