Higher education

A face in the crowd: P.J. O’Rourke edition

Featured image After posting the video of Our Lady of the Trigger expressing herself at the UMass Amherst event featuring Christina Hoff Sommers, I happened onto P.J. O’Rourke’s introduction to Give War A Chance (1992). P.J.’s apothegm may qualify for inclusion in Steve Hayward’s continuing series of blasts from the past. For my purposes, I think it explicates the video of Our Lady of the Trigger: The liberal is continually angry, as »

A face in the crowd

Featured image Campus Reform has posted a good report on events last week at the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts when Christina Hoff Sommers, Milo Yiannopoulos and Steven Crowder turned up to speak on political correctness. Protesters shouted obscenities in an effort to silence the speakers, saying they espouse “hate speech.” When one demonstrator complained about being treated like a child, Christina told her to “stop acting like a child.” »

Looking Back at Boulder

Featured image The Chronicle of Higher Education has a story out today about the experiment I began at the University of Colorado at Boulder two years ago, now that the smoke (what kind of smoke you ask?) has cleared. The story is behind a subscriber paywall, but here’s the lede and a few fun parts plus some additional commentary from me: After 3 Years, U. of Colorado Deems Its Conservative-Scholars Program a »

Yale: Beyond parody

Featured image Yale University President Peter Salovey solemnly addressed “the Yale community” by email in the early evening hours last night. He had a portentous announcement. Among other things, Yale has reached a decision on whether to retain the title “master” to refer to the teachers taking up the mantle at Yale’s residential colleges. You can feel the brain cells sloughing off as you read the deliberation that went into taking the »

Who are you?

Featured image Are you a boy or are you a girl? Can you be whatever you say you are? We obviously need a Kantian Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Identity to address the issues roiling the left today. And if the issues are roiling the left, they are also roiling the rest of the country. The left will see to that. The Family Policy Institute of Washington visited the campus of the »

Today’s Kampus Krazy Update

Featured image Never mind the debate about whether students ought to be able to carry permitted concealed handguns on campus; how about students carrying concealed . . . chalk? I was expecting it would come to this: DePaul says no more political chalking in response to pro-Trump messages By Anthony Gockowski DePaul University will no longer allow students to chalk political messages on the sidewalks of its campus because of the “offensive, »

The Decline of the West in Four Sentences

Featured image News out of Stanford is that students have voted down a referendum on reinstituting a Western Civilization requirement that was abandoned in the 1980s by a margin of 6 to 1. Not sure just what to say about this, but after all Stanford is a junior university, so maybe that explains it. On the other hand, I’m not so sure this is a defeat for conservative education, given how badly »

Birth of a rape culture

Featured image Where “rape culture” exists, silence must be imposed to protect a favored minority. See, e.g., Heather Mac Donald’s great City Journal column “When pieties collide.” Silence must be imposed not only to protect the minority, but also to advance the transformation of the West by Third World peoples, as Mac Donald says. Where “rape culture” does not exist, it must be invented in the service of a good (i.e., fascist »

Finally—A College President Finds a Backbone

Featured image Anthropologists have apparently uncovered a university president who has a backbone, because he is threatening a mob of demanding student crybullies with expulsion: Ohio State’s Michael Drake. Eric Owens of the Daily Caller has the story: Ohio State Swiftly Ends Students’ ‘Occupation’ With Promises Of Arrest, Expulsion Students at Ohio State University who attempted to occupy the area outside of president Michael V. Drake’s office late Wednesday night experienced a surprise — and »

The Trial as how-to manual

Featured image Does anyone read Kafka anymore? I doubt that high school and college students take him up as faithfully as we once did, but the bureaucratic tyrants running the Department of Education in the Obama administration appear to have drawn on Kafka’s Trial as a how-to manual rather than a modernist warning of a nightmarish future. The book opens: “Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he »

The Princeton report — an alum’s view

Featured image John and I have written about the report issued by something called the Trustee Committee on Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy at Princeton. The committee was formed in response to the occupation of the Princeton president’s office by black students demanding, among other things, that Wilson’s name be purged from prominent Princeton institutions named after the former president. Based on recommendations in the report, Princeton refused to purge Wilson, choosing instead to »

Free speech under attack at the University of Pennsylvania

Featured image Last Friday, protesters at the University of Pennsylvania shut down a campus foreign policy discussion forum featuring CIA director John Brennan. They accomplished this by disrupting Brennan’s speech. The protest was organized by Penn’s chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). I shouldn’t be surprised that SDS, an odious and notoriously anti-democratic outfit from the 1960s to which I once belonged, is back. Heck, even the Industrial Workers of »

Proof That Colleges Are Making People Stupid

Featured image This story out of Indiana University yesterday hardly needs comment (but I’ll supply some anyway): Everyone mistook a priest for a KKK member last night Rumors of a klansman on campus have proven false after a priest innocently made his way through Bloomington. Last night around 9:15 PM, social media became a furious storm of confusion regarding a man in white robes roaming along 10th St. and purportedly armed with a »

Princeton gives back of hand to black student protesters

Featured image As John reports below, Princeton has decided to keep Woodrow Wilson’s name on its School of Public and International Affairs and on one of its residential colleges. Readers will recall that last fall, after black student protesters occupied the office of Christopher Eisgruber, Princeton’s president, Eisgruber bought peace by agreeing to initiate conversations concerning the present legacy of Woodrow Wilson on campus, including the black students’ request to remove Wilson’s »

El Nino Comes to George Mason

Featured image News out just this afternoon that George Mason University’s fine law school will be renamed the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University. I know that the law school’s dynamic dean, Henry Butler, has been working on this idea for a while, and secured $30 million in new contributions to the school (which will go mostly to student scholarships).* So congrats to Henry and GMU. And expect lefty »

American University law faculty members disgrace themselves

Featured image Recently, a student at American University Washington College of Law put a note on the door of a law professor stating “All Lives Matter.” This expression of what ought to be truism caused the AU law faculty to freak out. Nearly sixty faculty members and staff signed a letter calling this an “incidence of intolerance.” A sounder position would hold that objecting to the statement “All Lives Matter” as a »

Emory alumni speak

Featured image Emory University alumnus Ed Thayer (’05C) forwards us a copy of an open letter signed by him and several other Emory alums. He writes: “This latest episode at Emory has struck a nerve with a segment of alumni and over the weekend we penned the letter below. Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit posted the letter we wrote this morning and since you and your blog have been covering this issue very »