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The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

Trumporially Deranged

Peter Wood

Do our commonalities outweigh our differences? NAS President Peter Wood discusses anger in America today and his hopes for higher education.

Peter Wood's Book on Anger Cited in NRO

NAS

The National Review's Jim Geraghty references NAS president Peter Wood's book in an article about the presidential campaign. 

How Academe Turned Zimmerman into a Racist

Peter Wood

Intense outrage over the George Zimmerman verdict does little actual good toward easing racial tension and saving future lives.

This Means War: Swarthmore Religion Profs Ready to Fight

Ashley Thorne

Five Swarthmore professors call for "the moral equivalent of war."

Swarthmore Lets an Angry Mob Take Over

Peter Wood

Peter Wood comments on the most recent display of the sustainability movement's "new anger" at Swarthmore College.

Anger and the Banality of Academe

Peter Wood

A contemporary poet's creations capture the spirit of the academy: angry, disdainful of America, mostly nonsensical.

The Intemperance Movement

Peter Wood

Peter Wood analyzes the anger behind a women’s-studies professor’s rude response to an invitation from College Republicans.

Video: A Conversation with Peter Wood

If you missed NAS president Peter Wood's recent discussion in New York of anger in America today, you can watch the video here.

The Beck-Piven Controversy

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reviews the angry debate over Glenn Beck’s criticisms of Frances Fox Piven.

Days of Wrath

Peter Wood

Academe has instilled an angry instinct in this generation.

Video: Peter Wood Talks About Anger on MSNBC

Peter Wood

Setting the record straight: Wood and panelists contradict a shocked MSNBC anchor on anti-government anger and violence.

Anger, Sedition, and Freedom of Speech

Ashley Thorne

Should we restrict expressions of anger to protect the public order? Should universities cultivate students' character?

NAS President Peter Wood on MSNBC Today

Ashley Thorne

Peter Wood will speak about domestic anger in America on the cable news channel MSNBC.

Anger's Not the Answer: Peter Wood on NPR

Ashley Thorne

Are you mad as hell and not going to take it anymore? Maybe you should reconsider, says NAS president Peter Wood.

Character Lessons: What We Can Learn From the Huntsville Killings

Peter Wood

The murders at the University of Alabama at Huntsville evince a dire need for universities to shape the character, not just the ability, of intellectually gifted individuals.

Peter Wood on Anger Today

Ashley Thorne

NAS President Peter Wood speaks on anger and civility in the public square.

Phony Emotion, Diversity, and Hate Studies

Ashley Thorne

James Taranto has an excellent analysis of the controversy at NYU over Professor Tunku Varadarajan's column on the Fort Hood massacre. In "The 'Diversity' Sham," he notes NYU President John Sexton's timorous reply - "I found it offensive, too" - and points out the problem with 'diversity' in higher education:

This is how "diversity" works in practice: Intellectual contention is drowned out in a sea of emotion, much of it phony. Members of designated victim groups respond to a serious argument with "pain" and "shock" and accusations of "hate," and university administrators make a show of pretending to care.

Taranto's article comes at a good time, as hate studies is now somehow an academic discipline...

Thursday Threnodies

Peter Wood

Hangry, Scalia at Amherst, medical school match day, Lucy, and critical play

Chocolate Rage

Peter Wood

New anger in America sets cultural trends, writes NAS Executive Director Peter Wood.