Higher education

The trouble with Calhoun

Featured image Having previously declared that the name of Calhoun College was to survive the grand renaming project undertaken by the university, President Peter Salovey was at pains to explain why the university had changed its mind. What was once Calhoun College is now to be Hopper College. What happened? Roger Kimball explores the question in the Wall Street Journal column “Yale’s inconsistent name-dropping” (accessible here via Google). In the column Roger »

What was once Calhoun College is now…

Featured image Yale’s Calhoun College is one of the university’s venerable residential colleges. It’s named after the prominent alumnus John C. Calhoun. Calhoun served as Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of War, and United States Senator. He was the also the leading Southern proponent of slavery until his death in 1850. Calhoun is most famous for his advocacy of slavery as a “positive good.” The man did a lot of damage. »

Berkeley then and now

Featured image The Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald must recently have visited the Berkeley campus of the University of California. In her Winter 2017 City Journal essay “From culture to cupcakes,” Heather takes note of two long quotations in Bauhaus-era typography that adorn the facade of Berkeley Law, as the law school now calls itself. On the left is a passage by Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo, from a 1925 speech at »

“People’s Park” revisited

Featured image In the first volume of his Age of Reagan, Steve Hayward touches on the “People’s Park” incident of 1969 at Berkeley. Steve recalls: “[P]rotestors tried to tear down the fence, and the usual provocateurs incited protestors to start throwing rocks and bottles at the police. [Then California Governor] Reagan didn’t hesitate to dispatch the National Guard to quell the campus; their efforts included the first ever air raid on an »

The left does “Groundhog Day”

Featured image Today is Groundhog Day. It may put us in mind of the romantic comedy of the same name starring Bill Murray and celebrated by Jonah Goldberg in the NR article “A movie for all time.” The premise of the film is involuntary repetition. How can we escape from Groundhog Day? Events in Washington and on the left coast display a political analogue. Listening to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi recycle »

Free speech on campus, a legislative proposal

Featured image Today at the Heritage Foundation, Stanley Kurtz rolled out and discussed model legislation to promote free speech at state colleges and universities. He was joined by Jim Manley and Jonathan Butcher of the Goldwater Institute and Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom. I previewed their presentation here. There’s probably no need to persuade Power Line readers that freedom of speech is under siege on America’s campuses. As this whitepaper by »

Promoting free speech on campus

Featured image Free speech has been under attack on college campuses for decades. Even some liberals acknowledge the problem. What can done to combat it? My friend Stanley Kurtz believes the answer lies in comprehensive state-level legislation designed to secure freedom of speech on the campuses of public state university systems. He explains: Not only are these systems tremendously important in and of themselves, but a national debate over such legislation is »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Heavy, Man, Heavy

Featured image Did you know there is an academic journal devoted to the study of heavy metal music? I didn’t either, but of course there is: Metal Music Studies. It’s your one-stop shopping venue for important scholarly analysis of Metallica and Iron Maiden. Also Nickelback. Here’s one especially precious intersectional offering: Accept(ing) the other (Metallic[a]) hypermasculine image: Case studies towards an alternative understanding of hypermasculinity in the aesthetics of 1980s heavy metal »

Tales from the Left Coast

Featured image So I’m up to my gills with the first week of the semester out here at UC Berkeley, hence my posts are a little scarce and light this week. I’m trying to get one of my classes recorded on video so I might share some parts here, but I couldn’t get the technology to work in the lecture hall yesterday. Meanwhile, some things are just too good not to share. »

Science Proves Conservative Superiority Once Again [With Comment By John]

Featured image The memes comparing conservative women and liberal women, like this one, have been around for a long time: But now science has weighed in on the question. The Washington Post (!) reports: Conservatives really are better looking, research says By Ana Swanson A recently published study in the Journal of Public Economics concludes that the attractiveness of a candidate does correlate with their politics. They find that politicians on the right are more »

Freakout at Georgetown

Featured image An associate professor at Georgetown University has launched a string of attacks against Asra Nomani, a former Georgetown professor who is a Muslim and an immigrant. In various entries on Twitter and Facebook, the associate professor, C. Christine Fair, told the Muslim former prof to “f**k off” and “go to hell;” accused her of “pimping herself for media coverage;” attacked her for having no job, and thus needing Obamacare; and »

The persistence of “locker room talk”

Featured image I don’t think of my time at the University of Minnesota Law School from 1976 to 1979 as ancient history. My teachers and classes remain vivid in my mind. It seems like yesterday. Yet Paul’s comments on “locker room talk” among athletes at elite colleges reminds me “that was in another country, and besides, the wench is dead,” so to speak. In a sense, the seventies partake of the modern »

Season-ending “locker room talk” at elite colleges

Featured image Last month, Harvard canceled the season of its men’s soccer team because it found that team members were producing documents that rated members of the women’s team on their physical appearance and sex appeal, and that included vulgar comments. This practice had been discovered in 2012, but unbeknownst to college officials had continued up until the present. Harvard cancelled the season, as opposed to disciplining individual players, because it found »

When Shakespeare won’t do

Featured image Students at Penn removed the dominating portrait of Shakespeare from the wall of the Heyer Staircase in Fisher-Bennett Hall and replaced it with that of self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” Audre Lorde. The Weekly Standard’s Scrapbook tentatively describes Lord’s poetry as “agitprop,” which is about as good a one-word description as any. “Unreadable” is probably too generic. After removing Shakespeare’s portrait, the students deposited it in the office of »

Annals of Liberal Cluelessness [with comment by Paul]

Featured image The New York Times on Saturday published an unintentionally hilarious article from Molly Worthen entitled “Can I Go To Great Books Camp?” The article went through all of the conservative educational programs that teach classic texts in a serious way, including several well known to Power Line readers, such as the Claremont Institute’s Publius Fellows, and the Hertog Fellows program (both of which have featured moi as an instructor). In »

Freakout at Vassar College

Featured image Jon Chenette is the interim president of Vassar College. He is a little late getting in on the freakout act in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president. He takes the occasion of Thanksgiving to make up for his tardiness. He treats the operative shibboleths and cliches as so much stuffing for this particular turkey. I thought that readers who have followed this series so far might find President »

Freakout at Miami U. (Ohio)

Featured image Love and Honor is the greeting of Miami University (Ohio). It comes from their fight song chorus. The whole “fight song” thing sounds a little dicey to me in the current campus environment, but university president Gregory Crawford draws on it to balm the wounds of the community arising from the result of last week’s election: From: Gregory Crawford [email address deleted] Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 5:19 PM »