Higher education

Krugman to the Rescue!

Featured image There’s hardly anyone who can top former Enron adviser (TM James Taranto) Paul Krugman in the sweepstakes for bemoaning income inequality, and so it makes perfect sense that City University of New York would hire Krugman for $25,000 per month to be a grandee at its new center to study the problem.  The Onion and The Daily Show may as well take the rest of the day off. The offer »

Honor killing, Brandeis-style

Featured image I am advised by a knowledgeable source that Brandeis University has engaged or is in the process of engaging a crisis management firm. Brandeis finds itself needing to manage the crisis created by its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree, followed by the withdrawal of the invitation in compliance with the wishes of CAIR and the subset of the Brandeis “community” that is of like mind »

Brandeis breakdown [With comment by Paul]

Featured image I’ve been looking for someone who is knowledgeable about what is happening behind the scenes at Brandeis University in the wake of the withdrawal of the invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree. Yesterday I spoke with such a source. Brandeis has put forward the best case for itself. According to Brandeis, they didn’t know what they were doing when they chose to confer the honorary degree »

Brandeis’s “repressive tolerance”

Featured image Like me, Michael Ledeen finds that “if there’s anything really new about Brandeis’ disinvitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, it’s that they invited her at all.” While many seem surprised that Brandeis, founded by Jews in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust, would align itself with Islamists and their apologists, Ledeen finds no underlying inconsistency. Brandeis was the home of professor Herbert Marcuse, the iconic leftist philosopher of the 1960s. Marcuse »

Brandeis’s disgrace

Featured image Bill Kristol has posted a letter from Brandeis alum Jeffrey Herf to Brandeis President Fred Lawrence. This really says it all: Dear President Lawrence: As a scholar whose 1981 PhD comes from Brandeis, I read the news that you rescinded the offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali with particular disgust and anger. Your decision is an act of cowardice and appeasement to those 85 faculty members who »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrll returns and is, as usual, on target. She calls this installment of her thoughts “A Short Quiz for Sniveling Cowards.” Sometimes in the course of soliciting donations, taking meetings, golfing, taking lunch, speaking on the phone, the busy college president must make a controversial decision. Doncha hate when that happens?? Yikes, how to proceed? Let’s say you are President of Brandeis University. Some chucklehead decided to »

The shame of Brandeis

Featured image I want to take the liberty of affirming John Podhoretz’s brief comments on the withdrawal of Brandeis University’s invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ayaan was to receive an honorary degree at its upcoming graduation ceremony. John writes: If you have not yet heard, Brandeis University has rescinded its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born activist whose work has focused on the barbaric misogyny rampant in »

The Hayward poll

Featured image The Denver Post is taking a poll on the irreverent comments that Steve Hayward noted had made him a figure of controversy at the University of Colorado. Unlike Brendan Eich, Steve is not taking the path of least resistance and throwing himself out the window. He’s going to make them do it. Why else have a designated professor of conservative studies if you’re going to make life easy for university »

You Can’t Say That! This Is a University!

Featured image I sure picked a great day to travel to Chicago for the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Society, for which I was privileged to be president a few years back.  The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Road Ahead: Serfdom or Liberty?”  To which the answer is: Yes.  Unfortunately. Even as John notes the politically correct ousting of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla because, as Glenn Reynolds points »

Young man Reid

Featured image Sinclair Lewis wrote an interesting short story — “Young Man Axelbrod” — about an old gent who matriculates at Yale at age 65. The story was originally published in the Century magazine in 1917. I read it in high school and it has stayed with me over the years. “With a longing for music and books and graciousness such as the most ambitious boy could never comprehend,” Lewis writes of »

Philosophy off the rails? Part Two

Featured image Steve’s post about alleged sexual harassment in the philosophy department at the University of Colorado reminded me of a post I wrote called “Most interesting man in the world accused of sex harassment.” The subject was a philosophy professor at the University of Miami who lost his job due to allegations of sexual harassment lodged by a graduate student. In the post I noted that, according to the Chronicle of »

Philosophy off the Rails?

Featured image Not long ago out here in Canon City, Colorado, a six-year old first-grader, Hunter Yelton, was suspended from school for . . . kissing a girl on her hand in a school reading group.  It was, according to current school guidelines, “sexual harassment.”  One news report noted that “no criminal charges have been brought against the first-grader.”  After sustained public ridicule, the school backed down a bit, but the question »

The Wagner case oral argument

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

Interdisciplinary studies, ASA style

Featured image I wrote here about the American Studies Association (ASA), which recently voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions. I hoped that Steve would chime in, and he has. In my post, I noted that the ASA’s upcoming annual convention is devoted to the theme of “The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century.” (emphasis added) In his post, Steve pointed out that ASA has »

“American Studies,” and Other Stalinist Concepts

Featured image The oral tradition has it that Irving Kristol once quipped that “world peace” is a Stalinist concept, and whether he said it or not, it certainly captures the essence of the way the “peace movement” of the Cold War served the purposes of the Soviet Union in advancing the moral disarmament of the West. Now it appears that function is being carried on by “American Studies.”  As Paul notes, the »

The PC Behind the Bloat

Featured image The Wall Street Journal also reports today that a number of larger universities are starting to make cutbacks in the bloated ranks of administrators.  As is well known, the number of highly paid administrators at colleges and universities has grown much faster than classroom instructors over the last decade or two.  Between 2001 and 2011, the Journal reports, the ranks of college administrators grew 57 percent, while the number of »

Diversity or Perversity?

Featured image It’s not really true that every other course here at the University of Colorado at Boulder is about race, class, and gender.  It just seems that way.  Such courses are widely advertised on all the campus bulletin boards, like the special course in the sociology department pictured here (click to embiggen).  In fact, if you did a scientific survey of the campus bulletin boards, my guess is that four-fifths of »