Higher education

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 »

Freakout at UMass Lowell, cont’d

Featured image A reader forwards this important message distributed by Patricia McCafferty, Vice Chancellor of University Relations at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where the freakout continues. McCafferty distributes this important message from Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney herself to the “campus community,” or that part of it struggling to cope with reality: From: “McCafferty, Patricia” [email address deleted] Date: Nov 12, 2016 1:55 PM Subject: Message from Chancellor Moloney To: “McCafferty, Patricia” [email »

Freakout at Whitman College

Featured image Whitman College President Kathleen Murray forwarded her message “to the campus community” to the parents of students who are paying the freight. I’m guessing that the parent who forwarded her message to us isn’t entirely thrilled to be paying for this particular lesson and is in need of a different kind of healing from the one that President Murray has on offer: From: Kathleen Murray [email address deleted] To: [deleted] »

A freakout at CU Boulder (with Comments From Steve and Paul)

Featured image The hits just keep on coming, this one from the Office of the Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder. Can you top this? The bullet points alone give us wisdom to live by. You may want to print this out and post it on your refrigerator with a Save the Earth or If we all had a bong, we’d all get along magnet: Dear CU Boulder community: As a »

A freakout at Oglethorpe

Featured image The campus freakouts continue. Here Oglethorpe University President Lawrence Schall bares his deep thoughts on the election of Donald Trump. Message: I am a brave and virtuous man, if I do say so myself — and my views line up with those of newspaper editorial boards around the United States: From: Schall, Lawrence Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 10:58 AM To: Faculty (All); Staff Subject: FW: Important Meeting Tonight To »

A freakout at UMinn

Featured image From deep inside the sprawling asylum at the University of Minnesota we have received a copy of today’s correspondence to the “campus community” from the Office for Equity and Diversity: Office for Equity and Diversity Dear Twin Cities campus community, Like many of you, I am processing the divisiveness that has characterized the prolonged election season, and am working to understand how it will impact our communities, our university, our »

A freakout at UMass Lowell

Featured image Brit Hume would probably file this under the Campus Craziness segment of the FOX News show he hosted through the election, but we can also file it in our own Higher Education category. This email blast comes from the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. This is not a joke: From: Otero, Elsie F Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 10:49 AM Subject: Post Election Support »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Alan Sokal, Call Your Office

Featured image Our weekly feature about academic absurdities is drawn usually from the social sciences and humanities, because that’s where you find the most politicized work and the most tolerance for complete gibberish and nonsense. This would never happen in the hard sciences, right? Right? From The Guardian: Nonsense paper written by iOS autocomplete accepted for conference By Elle Hunt A nonsensical academic paper on nuclear physics written only by iOS autocomplete »

Tom Hayden, RIP

Featured image The news this morning of the passing of the radical activist Tom Hayden, at age 76, summons to mind something I’ve been wanting to go over for a while now: that the “New Left” of the 1960s almost makes sense compared to the advance edge of the left today. And that’s a scary thought, given that the New Left of the 1960s was born out of a rejection of the »

Liberal Jews teach their kids to deal with anti-Semitism on liberal campuses

Featured image Recently I learned that my Jewish congregation is providing training for college age congregants on how to deal with anti-Semitism on campus. That’s how bad things have gotten. I wonder whether the sad irony of the situation has registered with the congregation, the vast majority of whose members are leftists. Anti-Semitism is so rampant at America’s colleges and universities that teenage Jews need special training before entering this bastion of »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Skorting the Truth?

Featured image Back when the abomination of “Casual Friday” was degrading the professional workplace, I remember there was lively debate about whether “skorts” (would you believe there’s no Wikipedia entry for “skorts”?) met the guidelines for acceptable casual wear. Never fear, academia is here, 20 years late, offering this gem of analysis appearing in the journal Cultural Studies: Sporting a Skort: The Biopolitics of Materiality M. Katie Flanagan, Florida State University Abstract This »

From the education apocalypse

Featured image It’s not possible to satirize the reign of political correctness on campus. Today’s satire is tomorrow’s diktat. John Leo takes note of the latest dispatch from the education apocalypse at Princeton and mischievously gets in the spirit: One of the feminists who used to write angry letters to the editor in the 1960s about sexist words such as “fireman,” “chairman,” and “mankind” has apparently come to power at Princeton and »

Judge finds Brown failed to give due process to student accused of sexual assualt

Featured image William Smith, the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, has ruled in favor of a Brown University student who was suspended for two years for an alleged sexual assault. Judge Smith ruled that the student did not receive due process. The judge found several defects in the procedures by which Brown tossed the student. For one thing, Brown told the student he would »

Under investigation [With Comment By John]

Featured image As rioters and looters went on the rampage in Charlotte on Wednesday evening, WBTV News reported live via Twitter that “protesters” (my quotes, not WBTV’s) on I277 were “stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles. AVOID.” Glenn Reynolds retweeted the item and commented: “Run them down.” Falling into the category of “What oft was thought, but ne’er so well express’d,” I found that cathartic. The powers-that-be at Twitter, however, were having none »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Fake Peer Reviews

Featured image I’m guessing that the number of Power Line readers who take in the academic series Lectures in Computer Science doesn’t approach zero, but is zero, so we might put it in scientific notation this way: PLR(N=0)~0. In which case you would have missed this gem: Your Paper has been Accepted, Rejected, or Whatever: Automatic Generation of Scientific Paper Reviews Alberto Bartoli, Andrea De Lorenzo, Eric Medvet , Fabiano Tarlao Abstract Peer review is widely viewed »