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  • Re: UChicago holds third place with Yale in 2018 USNWR ranking

    For mine it was exactly the opposite reaction, and I would say key in terms of making UChicago her top pick.

    Contrast the Ellison comments with those of Northwestern's president.

    “The people who decry safe spaces do it from their segregated housing places, from their jobs without diversity — they do it from their country clubs,” Schapiro said. “It just drives me nuts.”.....Calling people who deny the existence of microaggressions “idiots,” Schapiro said he clearly remembers every microaggression he has experienced.
  • Re: UChicago holds third place with Yale in 2018 USNWR ranking

    There is an argument for "safe spaces", but a college president shouldn't be making that argument by insulting people at a convocation speech. It is well below the dignity of that office, and a mark against Northwestern.
  • The Atlantic "Rape on Campus" Articles

    Emily Yoffe at The Atlantic recently wrote three articles concerning campus rape.

    The Uncomfortable Truth About Campus Rape Policy - At many schools, the rules intended to protect victims of sexual assault mean students have lost their right to due process—and an accusation of wrongdoing can derail a person’s entire college education.

    The Bad Science Behind Campus Response to Sexual Assault - Assertions about how trauma physiologically impedes the ability to resist or coherently remember assault have greatly undermined defense against assault allegations. But science offers little support for these claims.

    The Question of Race in Campus Sexual-Assault Cases - Is the system biased against men of color?

  • Re: Bourgeois Culture

    It is an enormous pet peeve of mine when people glorify the 50s. It was really a horrible time. I hate the whitewashing and sanitization of history.

    I got a chuckle out of this. Compared to the 10's (WW 1 and Influenza), 20's (Wall Street Crash), 30's (Great Depression), and 40's (WW 2), the 50's were the first decade for most people living back then that there was no great cataclysm. If you were 50 years old in 1960, the 50's would have been the only decade of your life to that point that things were normal.

    Compared to the 60's (Vietnam and Culture Wars), and 70's (Oil Crisis and Stagflation), they look pretty good as well.
  • Bourgeois Culture

    A few weeks ago, a law professor at Penn co-wrote with a law professor at the University of San Diego an op-ed in the Philly Inquirer entitled "Paying the Price for Breakdown of the Country's Bourgeois Culture"


    in which was stated:
    That culture laid out the script we all were supposed to follow: 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.

    This editorial raised a firestorm of criticism, such as the following:

    We call for the University of Pennsylvania administration — Penn President Gutmann and the deans of each school — as well as faculty to directly confront Wax and Alexander’s op-ed as racist and white supremacist discourse and to push for an investigation into Wax’s advocacy for white supremacy. We believe that such statements should point directly to the historical and sociopolitical antecedents of Wax’s hate speech, and to disallow hate speech whether shrouded in respectability or not.

    Which brought some other discussions regarding the decline of academic free speech here:

    But to connect what Amy Wax wrote with the hate on display in Charlottesville -- as some of her critics have done -- is reprehensible, too. It turns white supremacy into a rhetorical weapon, which you can turn against anyone or anything that angers, offends or repels you. And it creates a culture of fear, which is anathema to the free exchange of ideas. You can't make things right when everyone is looking over their shoulder, wondering if they said the wrong thing.

    and here:

    I think it is important for the academic community to reflect on this case. In the wake of Charlottesville, all of us on campus might encounter passions among our students beyond even what we saw in the previous academic year, a year in which violence and the justification of violence became more common on campus. This year, we are likely to find many more professors accused of “white supremacy.” Professors and administrators may face many more campaigns designed to get them to sign open letters and collectively denounce colleagues. It is important, therefore, that we think about this case carefully and draw the right lessons. When and why should professors come together to denounce and condemn other professors? Of course we are always free to dispute each other; Wax’s colleagues could certainly have written essays or a collective essay debating her claims and pointing out flaws in her reasoning, but when is it morally and professionally appropriate to issue a collective public condemnation of a colleague?