The new year has presented “academic freedom” with a grave new threat. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has published its Guide to Free Speech on Campus. The guide gives a shot in the arm, however, to academic freedom.
The study, “A Systematic Analysis of Affirmative Action in American Law Schools,” argues, using statistical analysis, that although total elimination of racial preferences would cause a 14 percent reduction in the number of blacks accepted to law school, there would be an 8 percent increase in the number of blacks actually becoming lawyers.
The outgoing president of the Modern Language Association Robert Scholes used his farewell speech to admonish literature professors from around the country about the state of their field.
Northeastern University professor Shahid Alam has aroused controversy by likening the 9/11 killers to the Founding Fathers.
A frequent criticism of current humanities instruction is that it focuses on what to think, rather than how to think. The humanities have become dogmatic and provincial.
A Humanities curriculum should promote and foster human rights across the globe, according to three professors who convened at the Modern Language Association conference to discuss “The Future of the Humanities in a Fragmented World.”
The Modern Language Association convened December 27-30 in Philadelphia for its 120th annual conference. The conference, known for its often unorthodox and lurid panel discussions, had a more serious tone this year, as academics considered the future of the humanities in this country. Academe of today, however, still finds itself gravitating towards low culture and trends, if not absurdity.
Distance learners beware. If you sign up for “United States History II: 1865 to Present” with Mary Buggie-Hunt, you may get a perspective on America’s past that you had not bargained for.
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When Reed Irvine started Accuracy in Academia 20 years ago to document the leftward tilt in higher education, critics charged that we were way off base. Recent studies show that we are on to something.