Higher education

Today in Campus Protest

Featured image So I’m making my way across Sproul Plaza on the Berkeley campus a couple days ago, past all the student tables that advocate for human rights for left-handed gay Klingons and whatnot, and I hear the familiar sound of a student yelling through a megaphone on the steps of Sproul Hall. What is it this time? Well, it turned out to be a spirited protest against. . . veganism! There »

Campus shout-down rate nearly quadruples

Featured image Stanley Kurtz reports that as we approach the halfway mark of the Fall 2017 semester, the rate of shout-downs on college campuses is nearly quadruple that of last spring. There have been nearly twice as many shout-downs as last semester in only half the time That’s a striking figure, given that shout-downs were far from rare during the Spring semester. Kurtz chronicled ten such events. They included rioting at Berkeley »

What is the ACLU prepared to do to defend free speech on campus?

Featured image Claire Gastañaga is the executive director of the ACLU of Virginia. Earlier this month, she tried to speak to students at William & Mary, her alma mater, about the First Amendment on college campuses. However, Gastañaga wasn’t able to. Left-wing students shouted her down. I wrote about this in a post called “What is William & Mary prepared to do to defend free speech on campus?” After Gastañaga was shouted »

And Now for Some Real “Fake News”

Featured image David Burge, the incomparable “Iowahawk,” put out one of those tweets a few months ago that cuts right to the heart of the matter. I don’t have the exact Tweet handy, but it ran something like, “Why is it that racist graffiti always seems to turn up in Brooklyn rather than Alabama?” He might have added college campuses, where the supposed sighting of a “poop swastika” in a bathroom has »

College administrator comes up short in analysis of shout-down crisis [With Comment by John]

Featured image Writing in the New York Times, Michael Schill, president of the University of Oregon, criticizes the “misguided” student protest movement that is assaulting free speech on college campuses. Schill knows of what he speaks. His attempt to give a “state of the university” speech was thwarted when protesters shouted him down. Schill ended up posting an outline of his speech on the internet. Schill says many of the right things »

Should Boalt Get the Boot?

Featured image Lawyers will know that U.C. Berkeley’s law school has long been known as Boalt Hall, named for John Boalt, a prominent 19th century California lawyer whose estate donated the money for Berkeley to start a law school way back in 1906. But there’s a problem: it seems Mr. Boalt harbored some racist views, in particular against the Chinese. You can read a paper Boalt delivered in 1877 entitled “The Chinese »

The campus shout-down movement takes its next logical step

Featured image Recently, a friend who is enrolled in a graduate program at a prestigious university asked me whether I would be interesting in speaking to a group of students as part of series on public policy the program was holding. She said that all of the speakers so far have been liberal and that I would add a different perspective to the proceedings. I responded, chidingly, that I might be risking »

Rush to Jean Yarbrough

Featured image The great Jean Yarbrough teaches government at Bowdoin College. Professor Yarbrough is the author of the indispensable and award-winning book Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition. We have celebrated Professor Yarbrough several times on Power Line, including via Steve Hayward’s induction of her into our (incomplete) Power Line 100. Most recently, we drew attention to her moving speech on the conservative turn in her thought. Yesterday Rush Limbaugh introduced »

Disrupt this

Featured image Tim Marshall is the provost of the university known as The New School. A friend forwards Marshall’s email on Curriculum Disruption Week with the assurance that “this is not a parody.” It’s not a parody, but it is almost funny! One might also say the descent to hell is easy. It turns out that we are in the middle of Curriculum Disruption Week. Provost Marshall announces: Leading up to the »

Widespread academic corruption lets UNC sports off the hook

Featured image Years ago, after it came to light that athletes at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill took bogus courses in African and Afro-American studies, I wrote; In my opinion, based on the facts I’ve seen so far, this story isn’t about football; it’s about academic corruption. Now, after years of investigating, the NCAA has reached basically the same conclusion. As a result, the University will not by sanctioned by »

Campus chaos — a shout-down a day

Featured image Stanley Kurtz reports on the escalating campus free speech crisis. He notes that last night’s disruption of Charles Murray’s speech at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor means that every working day for the past week has seen a significant shout-down. Here are the specifics: Thursday, October 5: Students at Columbia University stormed into a class on sexuality and gender law to protest its instructor, Suzanne Goldberg. Goldberg is both »

Systemic oppression of a kind

Featured image San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid is Colin Kaepernick’s partner in slime, though Reid has kept his job. He seeks to preserve the protest they took up last year during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games. Reid has accordingly spoken out against Vice President Pence’s counterprotest yesterday expressed in his departure from the Colts/49ers game while Reid did his thing. Reid characterized Pence’s departure as a “PR »

What is William & Mary prepared to do to defend free speech on campus?

Featured image As Steve discusses in the post just below, students affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement shut down a presentation at the College of William & Mary. They rushed the stage and prevented the invited guest from speaking. The invited guest was Claire Gastañaga of the American Civil Liberties Union. Gastañaga, a William & Mary alum, had intended to speak about “Students and the First Amendment.” She never got that »

The campus free speech crisis in a nutshell [UPDATED with comment by John]

Featured image In the video below, a student at the University of California who has stolen the “Make America Great Again” hat of another student defends her theft on the theory that the “f***ing hat” is promoting laws and legislation that are “literally killing people.” The video illustrates not only the campus free speech crisis, but also the staggering stupidity and blatant racism of the students who are generating that crisis. UPDATE: »

The campus free speech crisis and how to deal with it

Featured image Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered what Fox News calls a “blistering speech” in which he declared that freedom of expression is “under attack” on America’s college campuses. Though major media outlets tried to shrug off Sessions’ speech, his contention is beyond reasonable dispute. Anyone who doubts this should read Stanley Kurtz’s harrowing account of the campus free speech crisis. Stanley argues that an already parlous situation is worsening as »

That which must not be said (2)

Featured image In the spirit of Professors Amy Wax and Larry Alexander, I think I’d like to make this a continuing series of thoughts that cannot safely be uttered on campus and increasingly in polite society without the obligatory Two Minutes Hate. Thoughts such as that human nature is not subject to alteration, or that there are natural differences between men and women, or that states in which citizens lack basic freedoms »

That which must not be said

Featured image John Mortimer’s Rumpole of the Bailey gave us She Who Must Be Obeyed (i.e., Rumpole’s wife as he privately referred to her). J.K. Rowling gave us He Who Must Not Be Named (i.e., the villain Voldemort). Now higher education gives us daily lessons on That Which Must Not Be Said or, ideally, Thought. Thinking the guilty thoughts puts you at risk of saying them and they must not be said. »