Harvard backs down on punishing students who join extra-University “final clubs”

Several years ago, Harvard University decided to punish students who joined off-campus “final clubs” whose membership was limited to members of one sex only. (These were both all-female and all-male clubs.) Given that these clubs had nothing to do with Harvard, I and others objected to Harvard’s punishing students for off-campus activities that involved freedom … Continue reading Harvard backs down on punishing students who join extra-University “final clubs”

Congressional bill imperils Harvard’s sanctions for students who belong to single-gender off-campus clubs

Greg Mayer and I written four times (1, 2, 3, 4) about Harvard’s misguided decision to punish students who joined off-campus single-sex clubs. These clubs—there are now eleven—are both all-male and all-female, and comprise the famous “finals clubs”, which are basically social organizations, equivalent, I suppose, to fraternities and sororities. While I never had any interest in joining … Continue reading Congressional bill imperils Harvard’s sanctions for students who belong to single-gender off-campus clubs

Censorship at Harvard Law school: A lawyer disinvited for views irrelevant to his proposed talk

The article below, from the station WGBH in Boston, is by Harvey Silverglate, a co-founder of FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), a former member of the Massachusetts board of the ACLU, and a civil rights and criminal defense attorney. And the story he tells is both unbelievable and chilling, for it relates … Continue reading Censorship at Harvard Law school: A lawyer disinvited for views irrelevant to his proposed talk

Harvard gets legal setback in its “ban” on single-sex organizations not affiliated with the University

Over three years ago, I reported (see also here: 1, 2, 3) how Harvard University, under the aegis and urging of then President Drew Faust, had proposed punishing students who join single-sex (or rather, single-“gender”) social organizations that aren’t affiliated with the University. These include the famous “finals clubs,” which include all-male and all-female as well as co-ed … Continue reading Harvard gets legal setback in its “ban” on single-sex organizations not affiliated with the University

FIRE’s yearly Hall of Shame: the 10 worst colleges for free speech

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has issued their booby prize for the ten worst colleges for free speech of the year. (The prize is for 2020 but reflects what happened in previous year.) Click on the screenshot below to go the article. What bothered me, but didn’t really surprise me, is that … Continue reading FIRE’s yearly Hall of Shame: the 10 worst colleges for free speech

Dueling essays that come to the same conclusion about wokeness

“We are all on campus now.” —Andrew Sullivan Here we have two editorials purporting to say different things, but in the end reaching nearly identical conclusions. The first, published at Persuasion (click on screenshot), is by a young writer, Sahil Handa, described by Harvard’s Kennedy school: “a rising Junior from London studying Social Studies and Philosophy … Continue reading Dueling essays that come to the same conclusion about wokeness

Harvard Crimson: Ronald Sullivan story may be more complicated than we think

As I’ve reported recently, Harvard’s Winthrop House faculty deans Ronald Sullivan (a black professor at the Law School) and his wife Stephanie Robinson were fired by Harvard’s Invertebrate Dean Rakesh Khurana after a “climate survey” of the House. This took place after students became outraged when Sullivan decided to become part of Harvey Weinstein’s defense … Continue reading Harvard Crimson: Ronald Sullivan story may be more complicated than we think

Harvard shames itself: fires faculty deans at Winthrop house because students object to one of them taking Harvey Weinstein as a client

UPDATE: The New York Times article about this episode includes this information: But a number of Mr. Sullivan’s colleagues came to his defense; 52 professors at the law school signed a letter supporting him, saying that his commitment to representing unpopular clients was fully consistent with his roles as law professor and faculty dean, and that … Continue reading Harvard shames itself: fires faculty deans at Winthrop house because students object to one of them taking Harvey Weinstein as a client

Harvard turns even more authoritarian, imposing sanctions on students who belong to off-campus, single-sex social clubs

Back in May I reported (see also here:1, 2, 3) how Harvard University, under the aegis and urging of President Drew Faust, had proposed punishing students who join single-sex (or rather, single-“gender”) social organizations that aren’t affiliated with the University. These include the famous “finals clubs,” which include all-male and all-female as well as co-ed versions.  And these punishments … Continue reading Harvard turns even more authoritarian, imposing sanctions on students who belong to off-campus, single-sex social clubs

“Free speech but”: Why Harvard’s new free-speech policy isn’t really “free”

In its new student handbook, Harvard University has modified its free speech policy. I haven’t been able to find the new regulations online, but am going by the reports of the student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson. Click on the screenshot below to see its report on the changes: Some of the changes are salubrious, like … Continue reading “Free speech but”: Why Harvard’s new free-speech policy isn’t really “free”