Yascha Mounk: Dorian Abbot’s cancellation is novel—and dangerous

I’ve written a few posts about my Chicago colleague Dorian Abbot, who got in trouble here on campus for making YouTube videos criticizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. College members demanded punishment, but that didn’t occur because the University of Chicago considers Abbot’s videos free speech, and we don’t punish that. Abbot continued his … Continue reading Yascha Mounk: Dorian Abbot’s cancellation is novel—and dangerous

Bret Stephens on Dorian Abbot and reforming campus dogmatism

The case of Dorian Abbot, a University of Chicago associate professor of Geophysical Sciences, would have been a purely local event: he was locally excoriated by his colleagues for making three anti-DEI videos, and people here called for his punishment.  This being the U of C, that went nowhere. As Bret Stephens notes in his … Continue reading Bret Stephens on Dorian Abbot and reforming campus dogmatism

Academic Freedom Alliance calls out MIT for canceling Dorian Abbot lecture (and a poll)

Yesterday I reported on the unconscionable deplatforming of University of Chicago professor Dorian Abbot, who was scheduled to give a prestigious invited lecture at MIT on October 21. The topic of his lecture was to be  “climate and the potential for life on other planets”. Abbot was to be the Carlson Lecturer in MIT’s Department … Continue reading Academic Freedom Alliance calls out MIT for canceling Dorian Abbot lecture (and a poll)

MIT President and Provost respond (lamely) to Abbotgate, say free speech at their school is alive and well, and apologize to students rather than Abbot

Here we see two college administrators trying to pretend that they were not committing an act of speech suppression when they disinvited a speaker, Dorian Abbot, who had made ideologically incorrect statements before he was invited to speak. An anonymous comment gave me the link to the public statement below by MIT’s President L. Rafael … Continue reading MIT President and Provost respond (lamely) to Abbotgate, say free speech at their school is alive and well, and apologize to students rather than Abbot

MIT proposes its own free-expression statement

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has no special reputation as a “free-speech” school—not like the University of Chicago, which may be the only college in America that even has a reputation for open speech and inquiry. FIRE has listed 203 colleges in descending order of free-speech adherence, and though Chicago is #1, I doubt … Continue reading MIT proposes its own free-expression statement

Abbotgate hits the mainstream media and Quillette: MIT gets egg on its face

UPDATE: Now NBC News has covered the story in an article called “After lecture is canceled, free speech debate roils science academia.” It deals largely with David Romps’s resignation as Director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center, which he details in a series of tweets (first one in the thread is below).  (h/t Simon) I … Continue reading Abbotgate hits the mainstream media and Quillette: MIT gets egg on its face

UC Irvine Chancellor officially weighs in on Rittenhouse verdict: says it shows racism of the jury

There are actually two principles of free speech that should be proclaimed and adhered to by every college and university in America, whether they be private or public. (Religious schools, of course, must exempt themselves.) 1.) There must be freedom of speech for all as that freedom is described by the First Amendment and construed by … Continue reading UC Irvine Chancellor officially weighs in on Rittenhouse verdict: says it shows racism of the jury

What on earth is “cancel culture”?

In a new piece in the Dailiy Beast, authors Komi German and Greg Lukianoff define what they mean by cancel culture (the best definition I’ve yet seen), show how pervasive cancel culture is (and worsening), and identify the Perpetrators of Cancellation. There is, however, one flaw connected with identifying the perps. Both authors work for … Continue reading What on earth is “cancel culture”?