Academic Questions

Summer 2019

Volume 32 Issue 2

May 31, 2019

Two Victories for Academic Freedom

Peter Bonilla

Peter Bonilla tells the heartening story of two recent court cases that resulted in legal victories for the protection of free speech rights. In one case a federal court addressing a public university...

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May 31, 2019

The Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

Confucius Institutes—which present themselves as exemplars of cultural exchange with the U.S., but in reality allow China to monitor American professors, pressure universities, and seek out oppo...

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May 31, 2019

Due Process, DeVos, and the Courts

KC Johnson

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made restoring campus due process and the presumption of innocence in sexual harassment cases a top priority. DeVos has proposed regulations that use lang...

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May 31, 2019

Politicized Science

David Randall

From mandating social justice bona fides for faculty candidates to enforcing climate alarmist groupthink in “gold standard” journals, the diversity creed is threatening science p...

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May 31, 2019

Saving Remnants: Where Western Civ Thrives

Glenn Ricketts

The Great Books of the Western Canon were once ubiquitous in American undergraduate education, the crucial entry way to humanity’s “Great Conversation” of ideas. That ended in the la...

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May 31, 2019

Harvard Hoist on Its Own Petard?

John Rosenberg

With the antidiscrimination suit brought against it by Students for Fair Admissions, Harvard University finds itself front and center in the affirmative action battle zone. It’s deserved. From t...

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May 31, 2019

Diversity Discontent

Charles Geshekter

Colleges and universities are enforcing ever more stringently an impoverished view of diversity that says members of genetically ascribed groups share a rigid set of thoughts, attitudes, and experienc...

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May 31, 2019

Queer Criminology: New Directions in Academic Irrelevance

Mike Adams

Criminologist Mike Adams warns that requiring students to spend time studying such an indistinct field as "queer criminology" may be hurting their job prospects, and turning a scholarly discip...

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May 31, 2019

Object of Inquiry: Psychology’s Other (Non-replication) Problem

John Staddon

Psychological science, currently embroiled in a “replication crisis,” has a more difficult problem concerning the use of statistics. Psychologist John Staddon points out that deducing the...

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May 31, 2019

Academic Freedom and the Central European University

Stephen Baskerville

The George Soros-founded Central European University is closing its doors in Budapest. Apparently, there are democratically elected leaders in the world that don’t see the efficacy of spending t...

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May 31, 2019

On Ethnic Cleansing and Revisionist Russian History

John K. Chang

Jon K. Chang reminds us that important parts of the American academy remained highly sympathetic toward the Soviet Union, long after Stalin's deadly reign became widely known. So intent were the l...

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May 31, 2019

The Liberal Arts as Magic and as Paradox

John Agresto

John Agresto tells us that today’s liberal arts critics are wrong to discard the past, to teach that the best that has been said or written can only burden us with “old ideas and antique p...

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May 31, 2019

The Futility of Gun Control as Crime Control

Barry Latzer

“There is an indisputable connection between the prevalence of firearms in the United States and killings,” writes Barry Latzer. But given the “historical popularity of firearms, exp...

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May 31, 2019

The One Way Street: Misunderstanding Fascism

Paul Hollander

The late Paul Hollander reviews How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, by Jason Stanley, Random House, 2018, XXIX+218 pp., $17.68 hardbound.

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May 31, 2019

Gay Marriage as a Status Symbol

Robert Maranto

A review of From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same Sex Marriage, by Darel E. Paul, Baylor University Press, 2018, 245 pp., $39.95 hardbound.

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May 31, 2019

Conversation

David Randall

Poems on "each persuading each" and the legacy of great conversation. 

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May 31, 2019

Thank you for Sharing

Michael Lurie

A new poetry submission on the "foolish ideas of a generation."

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September 3, 2019

Grove City College Plays Yale: Academic Values in the Trump Era

Donald M. Hassler

A personal reflection on the contrast on education at Grove City and Yale. 

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