Day: November 1, 2013

Forget Free Speech–We’re After Harassment

A few months ago, a lawyer for the State University of New York (SUNY) penned a startling column about the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) “blueprint,” introduced for the University of Montana as a national model for dealing with sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus. In the “blueprint,” the OCR […]

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Helping the Underrepresented in an Unconstitutional Way

Can public universities offer racially restrictive programs and scholarships, i.e., for which threshold eligibility is determined by the race of the applicants? No, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Podberesky v. Kirwan (1994), based on its “constitutional premise that race is an impermissible arbiter of human fortunes.” Some will regard it as ironic […]

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Bleak Defenses of the Humanities

People under 40 years of age don’t remember what it was like in the humanities circa 1990.  The academic theater of the Culture Wars was tense and vibrant, with national publications debating what was going on in English departments.  Books decrying trends in the humanities by Allan Bloom and Roger Kimball and Dinesh D’Souza were […]

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