Send Your Nominations for the 2024 MTC Lysenko Award

It’s time again for the Minding the Campus (MTC) Trofim Lysenko Award for the Suppression of Academic Speech. Named after the notorious Stalinist pseudoscientist whose crackpot agronomist theories—and persecution of those with the temerity to challenge them—led to the deaths of millions, the MTC Lysenko Award calls attention to those in academia who promote or advocate […]

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Truth in Advertising

How can professors be prevented from indoctrinating their students? And, how can it be done in ways that protect academic freedom? Trying to stifle classroom proselytizing is futile. Today’s ideologues are unstoppable. Instead, a more effective strategy is ensuring students know what to expect before enrolling. This prior knowledge serves as an implicit contract. If […]

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Is Keffiyeh Part of the Rebel Sell?

Author’s Note: Allow me to establish two points: First, I believe the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have crossed a morally acceptable line in their response to the October 7th pogrom. Second, the claim that George Soros is the main architect of the current mayhem seems too conspiratorial to me. Let’s examine the keffiyeh, a garment […]

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Veritas to Falsitas: Universities Have Abandoned Truth

The word “truth,” whether in English, Latin (veritas), or Hebrew (emet), appears in countless college and university mottos. From California State University’s Vox veritas vita—“Speak the truth as a way of life”—to Harvard’s simple Veritas, the emphasis on truth is a cornerstone of academic values. Yet, this critical concept seems to be something far too […]

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How to Avoid Contracting the Woke Mind Virus this Memorial Day

If you’re headed off to college this fall, beware: there’s a virus circulating on campuses nationwide. And no, I’m not talking about COVID-19 or flu, but about something much more virulent and destructive, a pathogen that attacks your brain rather than your lungs, leaving you unable to think clearly or behave rationally. I’m talking about […]

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‘ChatGPT Is Really Helpful:’ The Martin Center Interviews Carolina’s AI Experts

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal on May 13, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. Universities are continuing to navigate the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial-intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT. While many are wary of its power and capacity to enable student cheating, others point […]

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Censure and Sensibility at USC

There are multiple reasons the University of Southern California (USC) Academic Senate might act to censure USC President Carol Folt. The faculty could censure her for her relatively anemic fund-raising performance over the past five years—see Contribution Revenue in USC’s Annual Reports—including her poorly received attempts to reorganize volunteer alumni and alumnae supporters; for her […]

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Colleges Are Waging War Against Men

Men are increasingly an endangered species on American college campuses. Between 2015 and 2022, the National Center of Educational Statistics says male enrollment fell by 10.4 percent, while the decline of female enrollment was far less than one-half of that (4.4 percent). By the latter year, 38 percent more women were on campus than men. […]

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The ACC Lawsuits Won’t Ruin College Sports

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal on May 17, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. Not that long ago, college sports were relatively predictable. Like the U.S. passenger airlines, trucking fleets, and freight railroads regulated by government entities before President Jimmy Carter’s deregulation efforts in the late […]

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Divesting from Israel Is Not Just Wrong but Stupid

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal on May 22, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. Clearly, the most newsworthy story in American collegiate life recently has been the widespread eruption of pro-Palestinian protests over the war between Israel and Hamas. A central demand of pro-Palestinian demonstrators has […]

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Diversity be Damned!

“If critics have a problem with the goal of diversity, they should say so,” writes law professor Stacy Hawkins in a vigorous counterattack against critics of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) mandates. Well, here I am. Hawkins notes that even some DEI critics acknowledge the value of racial and ethnic diversity. But they are wrong: […]

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An Octogenarian Reflects Upon Student Protests Over Six Decades

As angry crowds of student protesters gathered at elite universities across the nation to call for a ceasefire—and, in many cases, to echo the Hamas demands for the destruction of Israel—many are no doubt inspired by the vision of earlier student protesters who brought an end to the senseless violence that resulted from American intervention […]

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Higher Education Subsidization: Part 1—Subsidy Justifications and Rationales

Editor’s Note: This series is adapted from the new paper Higher Education Subsidization: Why and How Should We Subsidize Higher Education? Part 1 explores the justifications and rationales that have been used to subsidize higher education. Higher education has long been subsidized by the government in America, but the reasons used to justify subsidization have […]

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Against the Latest Student-Loan ‘Forgiveness’ Scheme

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal on May 16, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. The Martin Center opposes the Biden administration’s new loan-forgiveness rules for two basic reasons: They are outside of the Department of Education’s authority, and they will have adverse consequences. Legal Authority Economists […]

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Book Review: Beyond Grievance Politics

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Law & Liberty on May 16, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. The summer of 2020, when George Floyd’s murder inspired America’s “racial reckoning,” seems a distant memory. Although talk of a right-wing backlash is often overstated, we have witnessed some effective pushback against left-wing identity politics from the […]

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The Baby Talk of “Inclusion and Belonging:” Higher Education is Not a 6th Grade After-School Club

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Brutal Minds on May 14, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. American higher education is, in its best incarnation, both a place and an endeavor where rigorous and demanding instruction occurs for America’s best and brightest students in a passing-on of the best that has been thought, written, and […]

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Ole Miss investigates student for making monkey noises in political debate, despite looming free speech issue

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Liberty Unyielding on May 6, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. When it is ideologically convenient, progressives switch back and forth between being “free speech absolutists” in defense of their own side’s speech, to being avid censors of ugly speech by the other side. A classic example is the […]

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Columbia has more full-time employees than undergrads, including an Earth Observatory DEI director

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by The College Fix on May 17, 2024 and is crossposted here with permission. Columbia University’s Earth Observatory has its own DEI director and two supporting administrators as part of its 6,756 administrator army. The office currently includes Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vicki Ferrini, Senior Manager for Academic […]

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Animal Consciousness: The Latest ‘Science’ Magic Show

On April 19, the “New York Declaration on Animal Consciousness” was announced to some fanfare. Mark your calendars because the Declaration was hailed as a momentous change in our thinking about animals. Science says so! Forty scientists signed the Declaration! More scientists’ signatures are coming in! NBC News and MSN, among other media, are breathless […]

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Reverberations of 1774’s Intolerable Acts

The Administration of Justice Act and the Massachusetts Government Act, two of the four Intolerable Acts, became law on May 20, 1774. The Administration of Justice Act allowed a royal governor to remove from one colony to another, or to England, the trial of a royal official for actions up to and including murder, committed […]

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Clemson’s New Elevator to Success: This One Weird Trick Will Double Your Research

In 2023, Claudine Gay, then President of  Harvard University, was the focus of plagiarism accusations. The university’s board came to her defense, re-branding her plagiarism as “duplicative language without appropriate attribution.” Harvard’s board employed an investigative process that its faculty had neither seen nor approved. Many people wonder whether lower-tier universities will follow Harvard’s examples […]

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A Simple Test for Diversity and Inclusion

While students and professors are entitled to protest any Israeli policy they want, intimations of Jew-hatred violate campus norms of diversity and inclusion (D&I)—as the E in DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) seems to be slipping out of fashion. These violations have become so rife and have been punished so lamely that they mock pledged […]

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