Higher education

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. »

Hiding the ball on campus rape

Featured image Race permeates the left’s analysis of almost every major domestic issue, particularly on college campuses. Why, then, is race absent from the discussion of campus sexual assault? The question is prompted by an article by Emily Yoffe in the Atlantic. The conventional narrative on campus rape holds that it’s the product of white privilege — the rich, white frat boy as sexual predator, as Petula Dvorak, a feminist columnist for »

The war on standards, mock trial edition

Featured image Mark Graber is a distinguished law professor at the University of Maryland. Until very recently, he coached the school’s mock trial team, leading it to the national championship in (or around) 2008. Until very recently, his daughter Abigail Graber assisted him. She’s an attorney in Washington, D.C. who clerked for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and served on the Yale Law Journal. On »

Will other Claremont colleges defend free speech?

Featured image In April, approximately 170 people marched to Claremont McKenna’s Athenaeum, disassembled a fence newly built to restrain protests, and blocked the entrances. Claremont’s security officers failed to control the crowd. Consequently, Heather Mac Donald, scheduled to address a live audience regarding her book The War on Cops, was forced to speak to a camera instead. Last month, Claremont McKenna punished seven of the violent protesters. Apparently, this represented a majority »

The Factual Feminist on Gender Differences in Math and Science

Featured image Leave it to Christina Hoff Sommers, in her “Factual Feminist” video series, to bring clarity to the Google-fueled controversy about women in math and science. This video is from three years ago, but it gets right at the heart of the matter. (I wonder if it comes up in a Google search? Well, I’m not going to waste my time finding out.) »

The illusion of diversity

Featured image Michael Smerconish interviews Vijay Jojo Chokalingam, a dark-skinned man of (Asian) Indian descent who got admitted to medical school by pretending to be black. Despite carrying what he calls a pitiful 3.1 grade point average (and that is quite low given today’s grade inflation), he made the waiting list at two of the five most highly rated med schools in the country and was admitted to a school where the »

North Carolina enacts Restore Campus Free Speech Act

Featured image Stanley Kurtz reports that the state of North Carolina has enacted the Restore Campus Free Speech Act. This is the first comprehensive campus free-speech legislation to be based on the Goldwater Institute proposal that Stanley helped develop. The final version of the Act passed the North Carolina House by a margin of 80 to 31. Ten Democrats, about a quarter of those present, voted for the bill. The final version »

Princeton to “re-educate” its male students

Featured image Princeton University is looking to hire an “Interpersonal Violence Clinician and Men’s Engagement Manager.” In addition to providing clinical support for the men at Princeton, “[t]he Manager will develop and implement men’s programming initiatives geared toward enhancing awareness and challenging gender stereotypes…” If you want to apply for the job, you had better be a leftist. Two of the “essential qualifications” are: (1) a “Masters or doctorate in social work, »

A word from Andrew Busch

Featured image Professor Andrew Busch holds an endowed chair as professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. With John Pitney and James Ceaser, he is the author, most recently, of Defying the Odds: The 2016 Election and American Politics. He writes to comment on Paul Mirengoff’s post reporting on the disciplinary aftermath of the misconduct disrupting Heather Mac Donald’s appearance to speak on campus. Professor Busch writes: I am a faculty member »

Claremont McKenna punishes seven for obstructing speech

Featured image In April, approximately 170 people marched to Claremont McKenna’s Athenaeum, disassembled a fence newly built to restrain protests, and blocked the entrances. Claremont’s security officers failed to control the crowd. Consequently, Heather Mac Donald, scheduled to address a live audience regarding her book The War on Cops, was forced to speak to a camera instead. Now, Claremont McKenna has punished seven of the student-protesters. It suspended three for one year, »

De Blasio’s New York reading program channels college common reading

Featured image In this post, my cousin wrote about Mayor de Blasio’s “One Book – One New York” initiative which urged Gothamites to vote for a work of literature to all read together. The nominees were anti-American screeds by the likes of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamamda Ngozi, and Junot Diaz. Commenting about the post, David Randall of the National Association of Scholars (NAS) calls “One Book – One New York” a college common »

This Week in the Annals of Social Science

Featured image The Washington Post reports the following: A host of research suggests that as it gets hotter, people tend to make worse decisions: Not only do we get more ornery and cranky — we can also make unwise long-term decisions whose effects we’ll feel well after the temperature has dropped. This may explain a lot about Congress. As good a reason as I can think of for simply shutting down Washington »

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) »