Higher education

Allah and Ali at Yale

Featured image The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale is hosting Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak on campus today. Her appearance has provoked the Yale Muslim Students Association to issue a letter in protest with 35 co-signers (the letter is quoted in part here, here and here). In the spirit of Buckley himself, Yale’s Professor David Gelerner addresses the Yale MSA: I love your new free-speech concept! Obviously this woman should »

At Least They’re Not Blaming Bush

Featured image Paul notes immediately below that it is unlikely that Fred Ryan, the former Reagan aide who has just been named the new publisher of the Washington Post, will make any serious changes to the Post’s ideological profile, or he wouldn’t have been picked. It will be fun, though, to watch low-information liberals (but I repeat myself) react to the headline “Former Reagan Aide Named Publisher of the Post.” Who could »

The Wagner case decision

Featured image This past February Paul wrote about the case of Teresa Wagner v. Carolyn Jones, Dean of the University of Iowa College of Law in this post. Like Paul, I had read Peter Berkowitz’s Wall Street Journal column over the previous weekend and noted that the oral argument in Ms. Wagner’s appeal was scheduled before the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul the following Thursday morning. TaxProf Paul Caron picked up on »

Massive resistance at UCLA

Featured image The regime of affirmative action — of preferences administered on the basis of race — is illegal in California. It nevertheless continues to operate, though it necessarily does so under conditions of secrecy and deceit. See, for example, Tim Groseclose’s Ricochet post “‘Independent study’ shows UCLA is cheating on admissions.” When it comes to persistence in unlawful behavior involving race, university administrators are a hard case. Professor Groseclose returns to »

Farewell to Boulder

Featured image I depart from Boulder on Friday morning to return to California.  The year certainly went by fast–too fast.  I should like to have stuck around for another year, since I know even better now how to torment campus liberals.  Anyway, I decided I needed to make one last gonzo bike ride through town and up and back down Boulder Canyon.  Here’s a three-minute highlight reel of the Final Bike Ride: »

The NAS invites you

Featured image Our friends at the National Association of Scholars write to alert us that this is the last day of NAS’s write-your-own-trigger-warnings contest. Readers of the Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, the Daily Caller, and College Insurrection have been submitting entries. The NAS would love to have Power Line readers get in on the fun. You are cordially invited: What do you wish you knew about a book before you were »

Scenes from the Front Lines: PC at Chicago

Featured image I’ve received a remarkable and detailed report from the front lines from an undergraduate student about how the culture of political correctness infects even the University of Chicago, which I had hitherto thought to have resisted much of this.  I’ve redacted the name of the student, and edited down the length:   The lack of economics literacy on campus is stunning, that too at a university with the rich tradition »

Commence(ment) Firing, Plus a Modest Proposal

Featured image The latest news about the infantilism that has overtaken colleges and universities is that Michael Bloomberg unexpectedly came to the defense of common sense and genuine liberal values in his commencement speech at Harvard this week: “There is an idea floating around college campuses – including here at Harvard – that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view of justice. There’s a word for »

To the class of 2014

Featured image In a commencement speech at the University of Texas, Admiral William McRaven drew on his basic SEAL training to derive “10 lessons to help change the world” (video below). In this season of “repressive tolerance” on campus, the University of Texas has distinguished itself for its sobriety in calling on Admiral McRaven to do the honors at commencement. Admiral McRaven’s speech raises the question whether one can learn the lessons »

The lonesome death of Hump Day

Featured image From Glenn Reynolds’s current USA Today column, I learn of a story in our back yard on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul: the cancellation of a therapeutic Hump Day. KSTP/Eyewitness News reports that Hump Day was to have featured a camel brought to campus for petting. Petting the camel was to “help relieve stress for students as they study for exams, said school spokesman »

Massive resistance at UCLA

Featured image The regime of affirmative action — of preferences administered on the basis of race — is illegal in California. It nevertheless continues to operate, though it necessarily does so under conditions of secrecy and deceit. See, for example, Tim Groseclose’s Ricochet post “‘Independent study’ shows UCLA is cheating on admissions.” When it comes to persistence in unlawful behavior involving race, university administrators are a hard case. Professor Groseclose returns to »

Dictatorship of virtue

Featured image In his weekly Wall Street Journal column Daniel Henninger chronicles the commencement speakers who have become collateral damage to the tyranny of the lunatic left on campus. As the distance between the left and the lunatic left grows ever closer, attention must be paid. Henninger performs a real service in going in compiling the body count, with respect to which all but the great Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Brandeis was »

Civil War on the Left, Part 7

Featured image Talk about the left hand not knowing what the far left hand is doing, check out the story about the ruckus at Portland State University last week, where a group of essentially fascist thugs shouted down a panel stacked with leftists at a conference on “Law and Disorder,” which has a deliberate anarchist flavor.  (See the poster below.) The problem was that one of the panels included a fellow named »

Werner Dannhauser, RIP

Featured image One of the great teachers of politics from the perspective of the great tradition, Werner Dannhauser, has died.  A long time professor of political philosophy at Cornell University, Dannhauser was another of the long line of students of Leo Strauss, whom he called “the greatest teacher of politics I have ever known.”  Bill Kristol and John Podhoretz have offered their recollections, both mentioning a single Commentary magazine essay of Dannhauser’s »

UNC fake-classes whistleblower resigns after meeting with Carol Folt

Featured image Two years ago, I wrote about academic fraud involving the department of African and Afro-American Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The fraud extended to more than 50 different classes. It ranged from no-show professors to unauthorized grade changes for students. Many of the students who took the bogus courses were members of the football or basketball team. Seeking to protect the image of its lucrative athletic »

Kagame does Brandeis

Featured image When Brandeis University withdrew its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to appear at commencement for an honorary degree, I spoke with a knowledgeable source on campus who told me that Rwandan President Paul Kagame was scheduled to visit campus on April 23. I reported on the information provided by my source in “Brandeis breakdown.” Many people believe that Kagame has a lot of blood on his hands and he certainly »

South Carolina moves to rein in its universities

Featured image You might think that the takeover by the radical left of liberal arts instruction at American colleges and universities would be more difficult to accomplish at state institutions than at private ones. After all, state colleges depend on politicians for funding. And conservative to moderate politicians are in ascendency in many, if not most, states. In fact, though, the rot appears to have spread largely unimpeded at state colleges. This »