Higher education

Jillian Becker: A terrorism archive lost

Featured image Jillian Becker is the esteemed author and founder of the Institute for the Study of Terrorism. I became friendly with her through my interest in the subjects of her expertise. She has forwarded this first-hand account of the loss of her institute’s terrorism archive: A University Has Lost an Archive The University of Leicester has lost the archive of the Institute for the Study of Terrorism (IST). I founded the »

Princeton’s Iranian tool

Featured image Adam Kredo reports for the Washington Free Beacon: A former Iranian official who is a faculty member at Princeton University recently bragged in an interview about how his hardline government’s death threats against a former top Trump administration official had him and his family “trembling” with fear. Hussein Mousavian, a former member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team who works as a Middle East security and nuclear policy specialist at Princeton »

The Princeton historian mugged by Princeton

Featured image Graeme Wood profiled Xiyue Wang for the Atlantic earlier this year in “The Princeton Historian Mugged by Reality.” Last week the Free Beacon’s Chuck Ross updated the story in “Historian Says Princeton Left Him To ‘Rot’ in Iranian Prison.” Adapting the heading of Wood’s Atlantic profile, the update might be titled “The Princeton Historian Mugged by Princeton.” That is more or less the story told by Wang in the lawsuit »

Is there a distinction between the academic left and the Twitter fever swamp?

Featured image On Christmas day, the following statement popped up on Twitter: Just so we’re clear on the Right’s agenda – racism good, abortion bad, money good, women bad, capitalism good, sustainability bad, stupidity good, science bad, power good, equality bad, white people good, nonwhite people bad. Stench, indeed. Who wrote this simple-minded rant? Monica Casper. Who is Casper? The dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State »

Freedom in an age of fear

Featured image Abigail Shrier is the author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. Standing athwart the trans craze shouting stop, she and the book have achieved a certain notoriety. Having been invited to give a speech at Princeton, she was of course canceled, only to emerge off campus before a limited audience of 35. She gave a wonderful speech addressed to young people. The theme, as Bari Weiss aptly »

Teacher: Leave Those Kids Alone

Featured image When some of Harry Jaffa’s students decided to mark his 65th birthday back in 1984, Peter Schramm and Tom Silver wrote an introduction to a festschrift in his honor that began as follows: Imagine yourself marooned on a desert island with only ten books to read, but in this case books not of your choosing. Suppose them all to be books written by behavioral political scientists during the past twenty »

Getting minds right at Yale: The Ayres report

Featured image In the multilayered saga of Trent Colbert at Yale Law School, we last noted “Dean Gerken regrets.” Dean Gerken is the dean of Yale Law School. Her regret over the false disparagement of second-year law student Trent Colbert was inane, shallow, and phony. Now David Lat updates the story in “As the YLS world turns.” Lat reports that an investigative report ordered up by Gerken herself and prepared by Professor »

How Much Lower Can Higher Education Sink?

Featured image It is hard to say, but likely a lot lower still. I recently came across this excellent description of the problem: All over the United States one finds colleges in trouble. From reading the papers one would think these troubles are purely financial; they are that too, of course, but at times the financial troubles get undue attention simply because they are easier to discuss than that sickness of soul »

The first time as tragedy. . .

Featured image Amaney Jamal is a Princeton dean. Not the dean of something silly like diversity. She’s the newly appointed dean of Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. Following the verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, Jamal sent an email to the public affairs school community. The email was straight from the George Floyd playbook. Jamal offered counseling for public affairs school students who require professional help to “process” the outcome »

Bucks for Biden, Penn edition

Featured image In her book on political corruption, lefty Zehyr Teachout reminds us of the time when Louis XVI presented Benjamin Franklin with a snuff box encrusted with diamonds and inset with the King’s portrait. According to Teachout, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to “corrupt” Franklin by clouding his judgment or altering his attitude toward the French in subtle psychological ways. Moving from the subtle, at worst, to the gross, at »

Getting minds right at Yale: Dean Gerken regrets [with comment by Paul]

Featured image The controversy triggered by Yale Law School student Trent Colbert’s exposure of the “diversity” bureaucracy in action has made waves on waters about which Yale cares. YLS Dean Heather Gerken has tried to surf the waves. The Washington Free Beacon’s Aaron Sibarium broke Colbert’s story and continues to own it. In his most recent update Sibarium reports on Gerken’s temporary wipeout: The dean of Yale Law School expressed “regret” Wednesday »

A Modest Proposal for the Campus Diversity-Industrial Complex

Featured image The latest news out of Yale is that the ratio of administrative staff to students is now 1:1, where, as the Free Beacon‘s Aaron Sibarium reported earlier this week, two minority students are suing the “diversity” staff at the law school for attempting to coerce them into defaming Prof. Amy Chu because Yale’s bigots want to fire the overachieving Asian from their faculty. Because “justice” or something. (These are the »

Oberlin’s whitewash

Featured image Last month, I wrote about Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, the “professor of peace” at Oberlin College. Mahallati was the mullahs’ man at the United Nations in the 1980s during which time he called for a global jihad against Israel. Mahalliti was the scourge of Iran’s religious minorities, the Baha’i population in particular. An Amnesty International report accused him of crimes against humanity by covering up the massacre of at least 5,000 »

Getting minds right at Yale: Learning from Trent Colbert

Featured image I have taken the story of Trent Colbert’s resistance to the authorities pushing the racist diversity/CRT cum cancel culture agenda down our throats as a case study. The audio posted with Aaron Sibarium’s original Free Beacon story takes us inside the asylum. Is there a major American institution that the mania has not infected and turned into an enemy against us? Think Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Director Don Siegel’s »

Getting minds right at Yale: Trent Colbert speaks

Featured image Trent Colbert is the self-possessed second-year student behind the exposure of the diversity regime at Yale Law School/Yale University. They owe Colbert for what they have done to him, including lying about what they have done to him. Yet the authorities are keeping their heads down and waiting for the controversy to blow over. Colbert steps out to explain “Why I Didn’t Apologize For That Yale Law School Email.” He »

Getting minds right at Yale: Buckley Program edition

Featured image The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale invited the Washington Free Beacon’s Aaron Sibarium and FIRE’s Robert Shibley to address “What is happening to free speech at Yale.” The program was streamed live this past Friday afternoon. The video is below. The program takes off from Sibarium’s Free Beacon story “A Yale Law Student Sent a Lighthearted Email Inviting Classmates to His ‘Trap House.’ The School Is Now Calling »

Getting minds right at Yale: Five points

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon has afforded us an invaluable peek into the diversity regime that rules higher education and roughly speaking every other governing institution in the United States. I refer of course to Aaron Sibarium’s Free Beacon story “A Yale Law Student Sent a Lighthearted Email Inviting Classmates to His ‘Trap House.’ The School Is Now Calling Him To Account.” Sibarium’s story includes the Trent Colbert’s audio recording of »