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Supplicating Colleges for a bit of diversity
The Chronicle of Higher Education has just published a capital essay by Mark Bauerlein, professor of English at Emory University, called “How Academe Shortchanges Conservative Thinking.” (The article is only temporarily in front of the pay wall. For a PDF version, click here.) Mark makes a fine case for the inclusion of conservative thinking in the academy, which thinking is most certainly sodded-off at present. Mark shows in detail that even today’s political opinion leaders are unable to grapple with the right side of intellectualism, because that side—which has grand traditions just like its counterpart, and even more material success than its counterpart—and its symbolic personalities, are given short shrift by colleges and universities.
“[T]he conservative tradition remains a vital resource of ideas and theories,” he writes, “a heritage that claims world triumphs. To gain it the full measure it warrants — and to bring it to bear wisely on the issues we confront — we need more than conservative pundits on television or in the blogosphere, more than conservative publishers or think tanks. We need to subject it to the full analysis — critical and appreciative — of the academy…”
Needless to say, Professor Bauerlein knows whereof he speaks. We’d be witnessing a remarkable anti-intellectualism on the part of the academic firmament if it were to ignore his plea for inclusion.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
- The Dartmouth College Case
- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
- Sunday Morning Sinatra
- The Indian Wars
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