Higher education

Scenes from the Higher Ed Apocalypse

Featured image Unless you read the LA Times, you may have missed this astounding story from Monday about the now-former dean of the University of Southern California’s medical school, Dr. Carmen Puliafito. It is a long story, so here are the highlights: An Overdose, a Young Companion, Drug-Fueled Parties: The Secret Life of USC Med School Dean During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug »

Do female college athletes lack mental toughness?

Featured image I don’t know. I don’t watch women’s college sports, and thus have no opinion. But Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post has one. She sees a problem: The data shows that since. . .2012, female athletes have become more anxious, more prone to depression, less adult and more insecure than ever before. What is up with that? According to a 2016 NCAA survey, 76 percent of all Division I female »

Harvard’s “black only” commencement

Featured image Earlier this month I wrote about Brown University’s “black only” commencement exercise. It turns out that Harvard had a similar event for its black graduates, the first it has ever held, according to the alumni magazine. The magazine disputes the notion that the event was “segregated.” “Segregation could not have been a less fitting analogy,” it claims. As evidence, it notes that “friends and family members of all races, watched »

“Blackalaureate”

Featured image The National Association of Scholars (NAS) presents a photo essay on a “black only” commencement exercise at Brown University. Known as “blackalaureate,” the event was held at a Providence hotel the day before actual commencement. Graduating African-American students were inducted into something called Onyx, an organization that celebrates the “transition from Black student to Black Alumni.” During the real commencement, all the black and other “students of color” (except Asians) »

The ordeal of Bret Weinstein

Featured image The Wall Street Journal calls on Evergreen State College biology professor Bret Weinstein to explain the ordeal in which he is engulfed. Professor Weinstein provides the back story in the column “The campus mob came for me–and you, professor, could be next.” Professor Weinstein observes forthrightly: “Evergreen has slipped into madness. You don’t need the news to tell you that—the protesters’ own videos will do.” Professor Weinstein has the rest »

Report: Middlebury prof attacked by mob still suffers from concussion

Featured image Allison Stanger is the distinguished Middlebury professor who was physically assaulted for escorting conservative political scientist Charles Murray to an event on the Middlebury campus. Stanger, a Democrat, had agreed to moderate a session with Murray because she is committed to the robust exchange of views. An angry mob charged the car carrying Stanger and Murray. Someone pulled her hair. Others shoved her. The car was rocked. »

Finally! An Academic Journal Worth Reading

Featured image Now this is a journal I can enthusiastically support: The International Journal of James Bond Studies. Because, after all, Blofeld is the inverse archtype of every college administrator. Now, you might well think that even academics couldn’t screw up something as straightforward as James Bond, and thankfully the first issue seems to be a feminist theory-free zone, but I’m not entirely reassured by this part of the editor’s statement in »

Hilarious Hillary

Featured image Did you hear? Hillary Clinton hacked her way (in every sense of the work “hack”—see the second video below) through a commencement address at her alma mater Wellesley College today, where, among other things, she claimed we live at a time when truth and reason are under assault. This is supposed to be an attack on Trump, of course, but as I have argued here before, it is the postmodern »

Middlebury students disciplined; none expelled or suspended [AMENDED]

Featured image Middlebury College announced its punishments this week for the students involved in the protests against Charles Murray — protests that devolved into violence and resulted in injury to a Middlebury professor. Most of the protesters who faced the possibility of discipline were placed on probation. None was expelled or suspended. The school announced that 67 students have been disciplined. Forty-one students received sanctions from the College administration for participating in »

That Duthu that they did

Featured image Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon recently named Bruce Duthu to the exalted position of Dean of Faculty from his position as associate dean and professor of Native American Studies. In his professional capacity Duthu had co-authored an extremely distasteful organizational statement supporting a boycott of Israel academic institutions. He is a supporter of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement that conflicts with Dartmouth policy. Professor Alan Gustman eloquently dissented from Duthu’s »

Peter Lawler, RIP

Featured image I’ve just caught up with the sad news this morning of the passing of Peter Lawler of Berry College at the too-soon age of 65. Peter was one of the most interesting and original conservative voices in academia, and he is irreplaceable. There was no one who understood—and practiced—liberal arts education rightly understood better than Peter. Among other things, Peter has to be counted as one of the best interpreters »

Heather Mac Donald’s dissent

Featured image A few essays have taken their place in the great tradition as masterpieces of intellectual demolition. Among such classics stands Samuel Johnson’s Review of Soame Jenyns’ A Free Enquiry Into the Nature and Origin of Evil. Jenyns’s “glib optimism” in the face of human suffering (as Walter Jackson Bate called it), and his complacency over the problem that suffering poses to religious belief, struck a nerve. If Johnson knew anything »

Meet Zach Wood

Featured image There is good news at Williams College. It does not come courtesy of the college administration, of course, but rather by way of junior Zach Wood. As the leader of the Uncomfortable Learning speakers’ program, Wood is the keeper of a good idea about opening up the school to diversity of the intellectual variety. Jennifer Kabanny told the story of Uncomfortable Learning in a 2014 article for the College Fix. »

Freakout at Howard University

Featured image Howard University, the “historically black” college in Washington, D.C., held its commencement this weekend. California Senator Kamala Harris, a Howard grad, delivered the address. Sen. Harris told the graduates: You are graduating into a very different time than it was when you arrived a few short years ago. We have a fight ahead. It’s a fight to determine what kind of country we will be. And it’s a fight to »

Middlebury Becomes Muddlebury

Featured image We noted here a week ago the tepid reaction of Claremont McKenna College to the violent disruption of Heather Mac Donald’s appearance there a few weeks ago, printing the entirety of Dean Peter Uvin’s lugubrious memo to the faculty that outlined how to let off the offending students. Now comes word out of Middlebury College about the punishment to be meted out to the students who violently assaulted Charles Murray »

The farce at St. Olaf

Featured image No sooner did we take a look at the alleged racial incidents at St. Olaf and the related rituals than the latest such incident — the one that gave rise to all the action — was revealed as another hate crime hoax committed by the black student in the middle of the matter. The college continues to investigate similar reported incidents that have occurred on campus since last fall. The »

The trouble at St. Olaf [Updated]

Featured image St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, has been convulsed by a series of alleged racial incidents that may or may not be what they appear to be. The Star Tribune reports that the college is scrutinizing “persons of interest” who may be responsible for a string of anonymous racist messages targeting black students. According to the college, some of the people “of interest” are affiliated with the college and others »