Political conservatism speaks with four heads and one heart, according to a noted conservative scholar, although he admits that not one member of that quartet is likely to get a fair hearing on any college or university campus.
A widely-used textbook urges students not to worry their pretty little heads about the facts of American history.
An informal survey of a few Wisconsin universities gives us some idea of the degree to which zealous administrators and enthusiastically liberal undergraduates badger conservatives in the state named after that animal.
Academics tend to be more religious than non-academics, an economist from MIT says, but he admitted that belief and unbelief may vary by department.
While most Americans made their minds up about Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 attacks upon the United States, academics are still grappling with their views of the terrorist leader and his followers four years after the 9/11 massacres.
The Animal Liberation Front, one of the most serious domestic terror threats according to the FBI, has been wreaking havoc on universities for years, causing millions of dollars in property damage by raiding research laboratories, but now a professor of philosophy is accused of helping support their terrorism.
When disaster strikes, people say and do rash things, especially when they are professors in Ivy League universities more than a thousand miles away from the wreckage.
On the face of it, Catholic teaching would seem to be as compatible with Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution as classical music devotees would be with the audience at a grunge rock concert, but there has been a rapprochement over the course of the past decade.
When professors go outside their subject areas, the results are usually not pretty. Take the case of philosophy professor Barbara Forrest, called on to challenge the scientific theory of intelligent design in fora academic and legal.
Conservative and libertarian professors and students find themselves up against the wall when defending their free speech rights largely because of the so-called guardians of academic freedom.