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University Suicide Watch, Chapter 5

Featured image Today’s higher education implosion news comes from my graduate alma mater, Claremont Graduate University, which emailed everyone yesterday about the imminent closure of its graduate program in philosophy. I’ll update this if I get any better inside information, but I suspect declining enrollment is the main cause, though I hear many programs at CGU are running deeply in the red, so this may be just the first program to go »

University Suicide Watch, Chapter 4

Featured image When last we checked in on the unassisted suicide-in-progress of American universities, we noted that Hiram College in Ohio is eliminating several departments in the humanities and social sciences, following the similar announcement of a University of Wisconsin branch campus. Today’s humanities demolition derby is occurring at Rider University in New Jersey, as reported this morning in the Wall Street Journal. This news is upsetting the faculty! Cue the world’s smallest »

University Suicide Watch, Part 3

Featured image The suicide of the university proceeds apace: —Item 1 comes from Hiram College in Ohio, which may—gasp!—shrink some tenured faculty positions: Last December, Hiram College wrote to alumni to assure them that an ongoing academic redesign of the 168-year-old liberal arts college, led by President Lori Varlotta, would proceed in an orderly fashion. Foreign language, philosophy and religious studies programs may take the worst hits. “Everybody is scared to death,” one »

Prison vs. The Captive Mind?

Featured image It’s apparently big news that it now costs more to house a prisoner in California than it does to send someone to Harvard for a year. From the Los Angeles Times: The cost of imprisoning each of California’s 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year. That’s enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University and still have plenty left over for pizza »

Civil War on the Left, Part 54: Campus Cannibalism

Featured image Today’s installment of our Civil War on the Left series notes two recent incidents on campus that should fuel a big bump in popcorn futures prices in the commodity pits. First, at the University of Texas at Austin, a leftist professor who checks all the right boxes is nonetheless in hot water because he stumbled over one of the advanced feminist borders. From The American Spectator: An Antifa group at »

“Achieving Disagreement” Inside the College Bubble

Featured image One of the best explanations for why colleges and universities seem so insane these days is offered indirectly by one of the smartest left-leaning academics of our time—Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School. An interesting old article of Sunstein’s entitled “The Law of Group Polarization,” he explains how homogenous groups of people will become more extreme the more they deliberate together, and paradoxically degrade deliberation. And there are few groups »

Deja Vu on Campus?

Featured image Edna St. Vincent-Millay is reported to have quipped that history isn’t one damn thing after another—it’s the same damn thing over and over again. I’ve never verified this quotation, but in any case it seems congruent with Yogi Berra’s similar quip about “déjà vu all over again.” I say this because lately I’ve been reading some old essays from the late John P. Roche, who taught for years at Brandeis University »

The Factual Feminist on Free Speech

Featured image The great Christina Hoff Sommers is just out with another of her splendid “Factual Feminist” videos on the crisis of free speech on college campuses. As it happens, I got together with Christina recently and taped an interview for the Power Line podcast. I’ve got quite a backlog of interviews in the can right now, but I’ll try to move hers up in the queue. In the meantime, it’s totally »

The Disgrace at CUNY Law School

Featured image Following up on Tuesday’s dispatch about the recent disgrace at Beloit College, today comes news of an even more disgraceful outrage at CUNY Law School. Josh Blackman of South Texas College of Law, a fine legal mind and author of many excellent legal articles as well as cogent popular articles for National Review Online and elsewhere, was invited by the CUNY Federalist Society chapter to speak on free speech. The »

The Disgrace at Beloit College

Featured image Not long ago, the political science department at Beloit College posted the following job opening: College of Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science, Tenure-Track Position Opening POSITION: Assistant Professor of Political Science (Political Theory) Beloit College, a selective liberal arts college with a proud tradition of innovation, seeks an energetic teacher-scholar for a replacement position of five courses per year. The successful candidate will be responsible for introductory courses in »

Reminder: The Left Hates Our Civilization

Featured image I know I’ve made the point before, but there is fresh evidence in recent weeks of how much the left today hates western civilization and human excellence in general. Once again the left is determined to flunk what I’ve long called “the Churchill test.” Once upon a time leading liberals loved Churchill. Think of Isaiah Berlin’s great 1949 Atlantic Monthly essay, “Churchill in 1940,” or how much Arthur Schlesinger loved »

Darkness at Penn, take 2

Featured image Professor Amy Wax is of course the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She earned an M.D. degree from Harvard in addition to her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. She holds an endowed chair at the law school. She must be one of the most prominent members of the faculty. Yet she is the subject of a campaign of vilification and stigmatization for »

Is Steak Control Next?

Featured image Forget gun control. The next frontier is likely banning beef. Bear with me here: this requires a few moving parts before the punch line. First, psychologists will tell you that people who believe everything is connected to everything else suffer from paranoia, though in many cases they are just suffering from liberalism. Second, we know that Donald Trump likes his steaks well done, which is a minor character flaw, to »

Darkness at Penn

Featured image Last year I wrote about the academic tempest aroused by Professors Amy Wax and Larry Alexander in “That which must not be said.” They aroused the tempest with this Philadelphia Inquirer column recapitulating a few home truths. Professor Wax is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She earned an M.D. degree from Harvard in addition to her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. »

University Suicide Watch (2): Campus Blues in the Bluegrass State

Featured image We reported here last week about how the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point is closing several liberal arts departments and laying off tenured professors (gasp! the horror!). Now this news from Kentucky: University faculty alarmed by Kentucky budget language that guts tenure protections By Linda Blackford University faculty around the state are raising red flags over proposed legislative language that appears to let administrators ignore tenure protections as they downsize because »

At Harvard Law School, A Course In Impeaching Trump

Featured image Harvard Law School’s Professor Larry Tribe, who has turned into a left-wing crank, is offering a seminar titled “Constitutional Law 3.0: The Trump Trajectory.” It is a seminar open to only 12 students approved by the professor. This is how Tribe describes the course: This seminar will explore what the Trump presidency might mean for American constitutional law, how we might expect the Constitution to constrain Trump’s execution of his »

University Suicide Watch (1): “This No Longer Looks Like a Liberal Arts College.”

Featured image Yep—another new series heading for our periodical updates on the “Suicide of the University,” which is the title of the lecture I gave last month at Arizona State and which I will revise for publication and also post up as a Power Line podcast at some point soon. At that conference I got to meet Bret Weinstein, late of Evergreen State, whose astounding story we covered here, here, and here. I »