Yesterday’s brief account here on Bowdoin College and the apparent disarray of its history department drew a lot of attention, though we did not link to the full original article. The reason we did not link is that the text from the Claremont Review of Books appeared to be proprietary–sent only to subscribers for their use only. But Review editor Charles Kesler offered us permission, so here is “Golf Story,” a remarkable bit of journalism by Thomas D. Klingenstein. The author played a round of golf last year with Barry Mills, the president of Bowdoin College, and had a brief back-and-forth about liberal schools’ penchant for racial diversity and distaste for intellectual diversity. Mills then seriously mischaracterized that back-and-forth in his convocation address a few weeks later. The Klingenstein essay briefly sets the record straight, then proceeds with a thoughtful discussion of the issues raised by and lessons learned from the exchange. Thanks to Roger Clegg for noticing “Golf Story” before we did.
The student newspaper, the Bowdoin Orient, provided excellent coverage of the story and Power Line, one of our favorite sites, has a memorable commentary on what it calls President Mills’ s “fabulation.”