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Rethinking the Humanities

May 9, 2005 by ACTA|
Last weekend, the American Council of Learned Societies held its annual meeting in Philadelphia. Of particular interest was a panel entitled "The Humanities and Its Publics"; organized by ACLS president Pauline… Continue Reading >>

What’s in a Name?

May 5, 2005 by ACTA|
At Vanderbilt University, the dorm that bears the name "Confederate Memorial Hall" has an unusual and controversial history. Built nearly seventy years ago, it was originally part of the George Peabody College… Continue Reading >>

It’s a Mad, Mad Campus

May 3, 2005 by ACTA|
Campus life is nothing if not colorful. It's also often crazy. Sometimes, the madness centers on race. At the University of Oklahoma, for example, baseball coach Larry Cochell has resigned after an interview… Continue Reading >>

The Faulty Tower

May 2, 2005 by ACTA|
Writing for The Weekly Standard, Joseph Epstein uses the publication of Princeton English emerita Elaine Showalter's new book, Faculty Towers: The Academic Novel and Its Discontents, as the occasion for… Continue Reading >>

Faith and Federal Funding

April 28, 2005 by ACTA|
Has the federal government overstepped in giving nearly half a million dollars of funding to an Alaskan Bible college? The Freedom From Religion Foundation says it has, and is suing the U.S. Secretary of Education… Continue Reading >>

Election Opens a Can of Worms

April 27, 2005 by ACTA|
Dartmouth College alumni are currently electing two new members to the Board of Trustees--and what one would normally expect to be a fairly mundane and staid process has proven to be a fascinating struggle… Continue Reading >>

Fresh Air

April 26, 2005 by ACTA|
A fascinating student editorial on free speech and ideological double standards appears in today's Harvard Crimson: Since January, an intolerant atmosphere has prevailed on campus. Summers' remarks… Continue Reading >>

The Limits of Academic Freedom

April 25, 2005 by ACTA|
The winter provided ample fare for followers of campus scandals centered on speech. There were Ward Churchill and his "little Eichmanns," Lawrence Summers and his politically incorrect speculations about sexual… Continue Reading >>

Bowling for Dollars

April 24, 2005 by ACTA|
Last fall, filmmaker and political provocateur Michael Moore was invited to speak at Cal State San Marcos—and then he was disinvited. The reason given by CSUSM president Karen Hynes was that the school… Continue Reading >>

Changing Face of Undergraduates

April 23, 2005 by ACTA|
City Journal editor Brian Anderson's new book, South Park Conservatives: The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias, is a trenchant and timely analysis of how the rise of conservative mass media marks a major… Continue Reading >>

Trustees Have Free Speech Too

April 21, 2005 by ACTA|
On Tuesday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Thomas Hamilton, a member of St. Clair Community College's Board of Trustees. Hamilton has for the past several years been an increasingly outspoken critic… Continue Reading >>

Out of the Frying Pan…

April 20, 2005 by ACTA|
Harvard president Lawrence Summers spent the better part of the winter backpedalling after suggesting that biological differences may account at least in part for the comparatively low numbers of women working… Continue Reading >>

Speaking of Trustees

April 17, 2005 by ACTA|
Earlier this month, a group of Illinois State University students submitted a petition to Governor Rod Blagojevich asking him not to reappoint ISU alumnus and prominent businessman Jay D. Bergman to the Board… Continue Reading >>

Fairness in Funding

April 13, 2005 by ACTA|
In 1985, the state of Wisconsin established the Ben R. Lawton Minority Undergraduate Grant Program, which reserves scholarship money for black, Hispanic, and American Indian students, as well as students whose… Continue Reading >>

Initiating Public Trust

April 10, 2005 by ACTA|
The recent fiasco at Columbia University about whether anti-Semitic sentiment is tolerated and even encouraged in the Middle East studies program has inspired a sharply critical staff editorial at The New York… Continue Reading >>
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