Ashley Thorne

Executive Director, National Association of Scholars. Ashley Thorne can be reached at thorne@nas.org.

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“Teaching” Ferguson

Nov 26, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Faculty members and teachers use the grand jury's decision in the Ferguson case as an opportunity to advance the view that America is plagued by racism.

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Those Stubborn Classics

Nov 06, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Colleges think classic books are irrelevant, too difficult, and too privileged. They’re wrong. 

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Joseph Epstein on the Beach Books report

Oct 30, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Renowned essayist Joseph Epstein reflects on NAS's latest report on college freshman reading. 

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Beach Books and Blind Dates

Oct 23, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS Executive Director Ashley Thorne writes on colleges that lower the bar for incoming students

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Beach Books 2013-2014: What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside…

Oct 21, 2014 by Ashley Thorne, Marilee Turscak, Peter Wood |

A report on the books assigned in 2013-2014 as "common reading."

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How America’s Colleges Compare Internationally

Jul 03, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Americans tend to see U.S. colleges and universities through rose-colored glasses while bemoaning the state of our schools. Kevin Carey writes that higher education isn't doing any better than elementary - and may even be worse.

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UK Mag’s “Down with Campus Censorship” Campaign

Jul 02, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

A magazine based in Britain has launched a campaign challenging a national student union policy banning certain views from being aired in campus speeches. 

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Why Brooklyn College Business Dean “Cut Bait” on Koch Proposal

Jun 27, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

The Brooklyn College business school dean refused to approve a grant proposal drafted by Mitchell Langbert.

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How Beauteous Mankind Isn’t: Reflections on Today’s Brave New World

Jun 19, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Ashley Thorne sees in today’s world elements from Huxley’s dystopia: birth control as environmentalism, world citizenship, slogans, indifference to “old things,” and abiding adolescence. 

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Thalaba the Destroyer and Other Forgotten Friends: An Invitation to Readers

Jun 18, 2014 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

We invite NAS readers to submit reflections on older books.

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Triggers, Metaphoric and Real

May 28, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

The killings in and around UCSB brought gruesome realism to the buzzword "trigger warnings."

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Diversity Is a Sugar-Coated Lemon

Apr 14, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

If colleges were at least honest about censoring opinions they don't like, would we be any better off?

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Arguments for Racial Preferences Losing Ground

Mar 21, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

As California discards a bill that would overturn Proposition 209, there is evidence that racial preferences are becoming more and more discredited.

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Bartleby Goes to College

Mar 07, 2014 by Ashley Thorne, Marilee Turscak |

Le Moyne College chose a story by Melville as its freshman reading assignment, citing NAS on the merits of choosing classic literature. 

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Caught with Gay Books: South Carolina Punishes Colleges for Freshman Reading Choices

Mar 06, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

South Carolina cuts funding from college common reading programs that assign gay-themed books.

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