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

MIT adopts a slightly hedged “free expression” statement

The Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) was badly burned over the Dorian Abbot affair after it rescinded an invitation to University of Chicago geosciences professor Dorian Abbot to give a prestigious lecture. The invitation was withdrawn after MIT found out that Abbot posted YouTube videos in which he criticized DEI initiatives. It was not good … Continue reading MIT adopts a slightly hedged “free expression” statement

U of C President Robert Zimmer issues statement supporting faculty’s freedom of speech

Yesterday I reported on a fracas going on in my university’s Department of Geophysical Science. An associate professor, Dorian Abbot, put up four YouTube videos (now removed) questioning the department’s procedures for diversity and inclusion, as well as the need for affirmative action as opposed to pure meritocracy. A group of students and alums reacted … Continue reading U of C President Robert Zimmer issues statement supporting faculty’s freedom of speech

Our College Dean responds to threats and calls for cancellation of a class on the “Problem of Whiteness”

On November 9 I described a proposed University of Chicago course, “The Problem of Whiteness”, to be taught under the aegis of CRES (“Critical Race and Ethnic Studies”). The course was brought to national attention—publicized, as usual, by right-wing venues like this one—via the tweets of one of our undergraduates: The course description describes whiteness … Continue reading Our College Dean responds to threats and calls for cancellation of a class on the “Problem of Whiteness”

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

Bob Zimmer and Steve Pinker resign from the advisory board of the University of Austin

On November 8, Pano Kanelos, former President of St. Johns University, announced on Bari Weiss’s Substack site that “We can’t wait for universities to fix themselves. So we’re starting a new one.” The purpose of this new school, the University of Austin (henceforth, U of A) was to counteract the “wokeness,” the “chilling of speech”, … Continue reading Bob Zimmer and Steve Pinker resign from the advisory board of the University of Austin