Higher education

Dean Gerken’s gabble

Featured image Arriving on the scene a bit late, Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken has disseminated a message to returning students regarding the disruption of the March 10 Federalist Society event on free speech. We noted the disruption here (March 17) and here (March 24). We also took note of Judge Laurence Silberman’s comment on the students involved here (March 17). Dean Gerken’s message is posted online by the law school »

What happened to Roland Fryer?

Featured image Harvard screwed Roland Fryer. That’s what happened to Roland Fryer. National Association of Scholars President Peter Wood’s Spectator column “When Harvard canceled a black professor” {UPDATE: published in accessible form by the New York Post here] applies Wood’s academic expertise to tell the story. As if we didn’t have enough to be indignant about, we now have the case — the rise and fall — of Professor Fryer to digest. »

What really happened at Yale?

Featured image Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern undertook to downplay the disgrace of Yale Law School by disruptive protesters at the Federalist Society free speech event last week. We saluted Professor Kate Stith for instructing the disruptive students protesting the event to “grow up.” That is a tall order. Judge Laurence Silberman had a good idea to encourage the process of maturation. We noted it in “A word from Judge Silberman.” Stern attacked »

A word from Judge Silberman

Featured image Senior District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Laurence Silberman is easily one of the finest men in our public life. We saluted him this past October when he was honored by The Antonin Scalia Law School’s Gray Center with its first annual Justice Clarence Thomas First Principles Award. I wrote then that the symmetry was perfect. To adapt the phrase Lincoln used in his eulogy of Henry Clay, »

Prof. Kate Stith speaks: “Grow up”

Featured image The Free Beacon’s Aaron Sibarium covers the disrupted Federalist Society event on free speech inside the asylum at Yale Law School (video below). Shut it down! Why? Because one of the speakers was from the Alliance Defending Freedom and the group has somehow offended the cause of the alphabetic sexual grievance groups, or something. Perhaps ADF’s success in the Supreme Court was the ultimate offense to law students not too »

Our present bewilderment

Featured image The Spectator has published Peter Wood’s witty column “Bewilderment.” The Spectator has kindly made it accessible at our request. Wood is president of the National Association of Scholars, a former professor of anthropology at Boston University and college provost at The King’s College in New York City as well as the author of Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (2004), 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project (2020), and, »

From inside the asylum

Featured image James Hankins is professor of history at Harvard. He is a distinguished intellectual historian of the Renaissance and the author, most recently, of Virtue Politics: Soulcraft and Statecraft in Renaissance Italy. I happened on to Professor Hankins through the Claremont Review of Books, as in his Spring 2021 essay “Political Thought in an Age of Conformity” (more here). Paul Rahe reviewed Virtue Politics for the CRB in “The Petrarchan moment.” »

Morgan Stanley and Princeton warned

Featured image I wrote here about what I called “a Princeton-Morgan Stanley joint venture in discrimination.” My reference was to Morgan Stanley’s Freshman Enhancement Program, which is available only to Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and/or LGBTQ college freshmen. All other freshmen need not apply. Princeton participates in the program. Today, former White House Counsel Boyden Gray sent a letter on behalf of the Project on Fair Representation to Morgan Stanley and Princeton »

A Princeton-Morgan Stanley joint venture in discrimination

Featured image Last week, Princeton freshmen received an email regarding Morgan Stanley’s Freshman Enhancement Program. That program “is designed to help diverse rising sophomores in college gain a better understanding of the various businesses and career paths Morgan Stanley provides.” If selected for the program, rising sophomores “will participate in a hybrid program consisting of virtual learning and an in-person component.” They will also receive what Morgan Stanley describes as “valuable training, »

Common sense and gutlessness at Harvard

Featured image John Comaroff is a professor of African and American studies and anthropology at Harvard. Some female graduate students have accused him of sexual misconduct. Harvard responded by sanctioning him for allegedly violating its policies on the subject. He’s on unpaid leave, and barred from teaching required courses and taking on additional advisees through the next academic year. Thirty-eight Harvard faculty members complained about the sanctioning in an open letter supporting »

Nine Harvard students can be wrong

Featured image They used to say that 1,000 Frenchmen can’t be wrong. But what about nine “diverse” Harvard students? The Harvard Gazette, a house organ that’s sent to every Harvard alum (including four current Supreme Court Justices), presents an article with the title “Students call ensuring diversity on campus vital.” The piece purports to describe the position of Harvard students regarding their college’s preferential admissions policy, a challenge to which is now »

The Underhandedness of Affirmative Action in One Chart

Featured image “The Underhandedness of Affirmative Action” is the title of Harvey Mansfield’s prescient article in National Review way back in 1984 (unfortunately not available online easily that I can find). A key sample: To understand the threat [that affirmative action poses to constitutional government], let us return to the necessity that affirmative action conceal the help it renders its beneficiaries. As a policy, it cannot claim success, because to announce an »

Resisting Supreme Court anti-discrimination rulings, then and now

Featured image After the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the Commonwealth of Virginia adopted a policy of “massive resistance” to school desegregation. The resistance was about finding ways to circumvent the Court’s ruling. It included a law forbidding any integrated schools from receiving state funds and authorizing the governor to close any such school. Virginia also adopted tuition grants to enable students to attend private, segregated schools. Now, »

Woke ballet at Princeton, Part Two

Featured image In Part One of this series, I reported on the plan of student leaders of the Princeton University Ballet to (among other things) “decolonize” their practice of ballet, “deemphasize technique,” and exclude from membership Princeton ballet enthusiasts who are unwilling to engage in their brand of activism. In Part II, I want to consider Princeton’s stance on these matters. As I understand it, the EDI [equity, diversity, and inclusion] in »

Affirmative action revisited

Featured image Linda Brown was the young girl who gave her name to the four cases consolidated for consideration in Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court case that effectively invalidated the regime of public school segregation. She died in 2018 at the age of 75 or 76. Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times obituary recounted her story. Genzlinger dealt inadequately with the Brown case. “In its ruling,” he wrote, “the »

Harvard’s president whines about Supreme Court’s cert grant

Featured image Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, a case challenging Harvard’s use of racial preferences in admissions for the benefit of Blacks. Today, Harvard’s president, Lawrence Bacow, sent a message to the Harvard community bemoaning the cert grant. By my count, the letter must have gone to four members of the Supreme Court by virtue of their having attended Harvard (and in one »

Woke ballet at Princeton, Part One

Featured image Perhaps I should have called this post “Why ballet at Princeton?” A document sent by the leaders of the Princeton University Ballet (PUB), the student-run ballet club, seems to argue by implication for ditching ballet altogether. The document begins: Ballet is rooted in white supremacy and perfectionism. We are all entering this space with a mindset that what we see as perfect is a white standard. Unlearning that will be »