Academic Questions

Intellectual Diversity

February 22, 2021

From Bologna to Zoom: The Evolution of the University

Glynn Custred

Created in Europe and spread throughout the world with the West’s rise, the university evolved from a guild-like medieval institution bounded by Christian doctrine to a flourishing, free-market......

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December 30, 2020

Why Scholars Won’t Research Group Differences

Mark Mercer

A significant number of academics researching or writing about group differences have received censure and punishment for doing so, putting a freeze on this and a number of important and related field......

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December 30, 2020

Can Academia and the Media Handle the Truth?

Robert Maranto and Martha Bradley-Dorsey

Americans of all political bents have lost faith in our "gatekeepers." Academia and the elite media can no longer be trusted to play it straight on politically charged subjects, not the least......

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September 30, 2020

Scholars vs. Ideologues

Julia Geran Pilon

Anti-liberal and often violent radicals from the 1960s have risen to heights of significant power and influence in our universities, positions from which they seek to impose their idea of a Marxist ut......

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September 30, 2020

Not Very Civic Education

Stephen Baskerville

A review of The Breakdown of Higher Education: How It Happened, the Damage It Does, and What Can Be Done, John M. Ellis, Encounter, 2020, pp. 210, $21.72 hardcover.

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September 25, 2020

Variation and Diversity: A Tribute to Freeman Dyson

John Staddon

A model much in need in our times, Freeman Dyson challenged received opinion, “but his criticism was always designed to increase the range of thought, rather than reduce it to orthodoxy.”

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May 30, 2018

The Case for Colonialism

Bruce Gilley

From the summer issue of Academic Questions, we reprint the controversial article, "The Case for Colonialism." 

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December 1, 2016

Radicalism’s Yield: Politics and the Illiberal Academy

Mark Zunac

In the Winter 2016 Academic Questions (vol. 29, no. 4), Mark Zunac discusses the evolution of liberal arts from a field encouraging inquiry to today's ideological sounding boar......

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September 22, 2016

Castro’s Cats: Lessons in Market Economics from the Workers’ Paradise

Mark G. Brennan

Mark G. Brennan relates his observations of a month-long education trip to Cuba where he saw the stultifying hand of Communist ideology on the minds and souls of a population. 

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March 22, 2016

The University vs. Academic Freedom

David R. Legates

The university must recognize that it cannot choose what speech to defend.

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