The University of Pennsylvania has no shame.
Recently a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in league with a professor at the University of San Diego Law School made bold to write an essay for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her name is Amy Wax, and I have no idea what her politics might be. That she has gained tenure at Penn suggests that she is a liberal, but that is about all I know about her. If she were teaching when I was in college back in the 1960s she almost certainly would have been a liberal. There were very few conservatives back then.
A Catholic college freaked out over stickers saying “it’s okay to be white,” according to a Monday report.
John Neuhauser, president of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., suggested the stickers constituted “hate speech,” reported campus paper The Defender.
“While the College supports free speech, it cannot and will not tolerate hate speech, even when thinly veiled,” Neuhauser said to the college community by email. “Let us be clear: This was not done in some benign way to suggest equality for all is important.”
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Pilloried for her politically incorrect views, University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax asks if it’s still possible to have substantive arguments about divisive issues.
There is a lot of abstract talk these days on American college campuses about free speech and the values of free inquiry, with lip service paid to expansive notions of free expression and the marketplace of ideas. What I’ve learned through my recent experience of writing a controversial op-ed is that most of this talk is not worth much. It is only when people are confronted with speech they don’t like that we see whether these abstractions are real to them.
The op-ed, which I co-authored with Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego Law School, appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Aug. 9 under the headline, “Paying the Price for the Breakdown of the Country’s Bourgeois Culture.” It began by listing some of the ills afflicting American society:
Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available. Male working-age labor-force participation is at Depression-era lows. Opioid abuse is widespread. Homicidal violence plagues inner cities. Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock, and even more are raised by single mothers. Many college students lack basic skills, and high school students rank below those from two dozen other countries.
We then discussed the “cultural script”—a list of behavioral norms—that was almost universally endorsed between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s:
Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.
“a place which boasts in its so-called open-mindedness”
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The move comes amid ongoing tensions related to the detention of Berkeley student Luis Mora by federal immigration officials, with some students accusing the university of being lacklustre in its support for Mora.
DePaul University rejected a request from its Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter to host conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder on campus.
According to an email obtained by Campus Reform sent to Jorin Burkhart, chairman of DePaul’s YAF chapter, the group received word from Associate Vice President of Student Development Peggy Burke that the request had been denied because Crowder’s presence wouldn’t align “with Depaul’s education mission.”
Two clubs at Canada’s University of British Columbia have been denounced as promoting the “kinds of racist conspiracy theories that helped inspire the Holocaust” after posting on social media a list of 140 “Zionist crimes.”
Colour Connected Against Racism UBC and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – UBC have been sharply condemned by a coalition of on-campus Jewish organizations for linking this week on their official Facebook pages to an article accusing Jews, Zionists, and Israel of orchestrating 9/11 and mass war, and “Jewish Big Money” of controlling American politics.
Leveraging the rhetoric of #MeToo, the article excoriated the “Western hypocrisy” of American politicians supporting “the criminal and genocidal Zionist colonial enterprise and a nuclear terrorist Apartheid Israel,” while denouncing “non-deadly and non-illegal inappropriate behaviour to women.”
HALIFAX — Dalhousie University says its search for a new senior administrator will be restricted to “racially visible” and Indigenous candidates, part of its efforts to increase underrepresented groups on the Halifax campus.
In a memo to the university community, provost and vice-president academic Carolyn Watters said the prerequisite is in line with the principles of Dalhousie’s employment equity policy.
A presentation at the University of Michigan will deal with the subject of pederasty, or sex between men and boys, with the professor giving the speech apparently hoping to “dignify and redeem” what he calls “intergenerational modern pederastic relationships.”
The workshop, scheduled for today and titled “Pederastic Kinship: Deidealizing Queer Studies,” will be presented by Kadji Amin, assistant professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University, according to an event listing on the University of Michigan’s website.
Hosted by the university’s Doing Queer Studies Now “interdisciplinary workshop,” it will explore the “kinship form” of “modern pederasty.”
Harvard University and the University of California Berkeley are used to being ranked among America’s top colleges, but a new ranking issued by a campus watchdog on Monday isn’t much to write home about.
Both schools are included on the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s annual list of the 10 worst colleges for free speech.
FIRE Executive Director Robert Shibley said students, faculty and administrators are going to “greater and greater lengths to justify muzzling expression on campus.”
“This type of censorship makes for a sterile environment where lively debate and discussion can’t thrive,” Mr. Shibley said in a statement. “The public deserves to know which colleges will defend free expression — and which ones will go to seemingly any length to silence it.”
A professor who teaches a “white racism” course said there is “no such thing as black racism,” in an article Monday.
Florida Gulf Coast University professor Ted Thornhill teaches a course entitled “White Racism” and defended both the course and his assertion that black racism did not exist, in an op-ed republished on The Conversation.
Thornhill quoted American Sociological Association President Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, who said that racism constituted power plus systemic privilege.
Berkeley students threw a hissy fit after spotting a U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) vehicle on campus.
Cruz, the group’s facilitator, is a self-described transgender Queer Afro-Latinx Muslim. The group has had a couple of meetings so far and Cruz reports it’s going well.
The University of Minnesota is now soliciting donations from students and staff to help support illegal immigrant students with “at risk” legal status.
The new scholarship fund, known as “The Dream Fund,” is managed by the university’s Immigration Response team, which launched the program “to help students whose ability to pay for college may be affected by their legal status.”
It may also be affected by their being physically relocated to Mexico.
A study conducted at the University of Saskatchewan claims that a lack of diversity in video games has a negative effect on players that’s akin to facing “everyday” racism.
CBC reported on Sunday that Cale Passmore, a researcher at the university’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab in Saskatoon, believes that a “lack of diversity” in racial and ethnic representation in video games has a negative impact on players. To that end, he released a 92-question survey to “almost 300 Americans” to solicit feedback for his study.