The Academy’s Assault on Intellectual Diversity

Resurrection of Censorship J.J Grandville 1832

“A university is among the precious things that can be destroyed.” — Elaine Scarry, On Beauty and Being Just

It is tempting to describe the battles convulsing American campuses with epithets like “the politics of hysteria.” More than a bit of hysteria was unleashed at Middlebury College this month, when protesters prevented Charles Murray from delivering a scheduled lecture. In spite of eloquent rebukes delivered by the college president and several prominent faculty members, some on the Middlebury campus defended the protest by citing the poisonous views expressed by Murray in his ugly and notorious book, The Bell Curve. Though it’s a violent instance of so-called free-speech controversies lately ignited on the nation’s campuses, the Middlebury incident doesn’t begin to reveal the depth or virulence of the opposition to robust discussion within the American professoriate, where many self-described liberals continue to believe that they remain committed to “difference” and debate, even as they countenance a full-scale assault on diversity of outlook and opinion.

  • Jay Currie

    Most people who cite “the poisonous views expressed by Murray in his ugly and notorious book, The Bell Curve” have never actually read The Bell Curve. It may be notorious but it is neither ugly nor are Murray’s views poisonous. They are more reals than feels and all the better for that.

    • Clausewitz

      The truth is never “ugly”, no matter how many times progressives spout this idiotic diatribe.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Academic tenure has replaced patriotism as the last refuge of scoundrels.