Ashley Thorne

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

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Academic Freedom in a Time of Silencing

Dec 22, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Today academic freedom is an embattled principle as campus guardians of political correctness wield the power to hush discussion of subjects they don't like. 

“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.

Those Stubborn Classics

Nov 06, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

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

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. 

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

Beach Books: 2013-2014

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

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

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Triggers, Metaphoric and Real

May 28, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

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

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?

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.

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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