Humanities

Furor over Texas A&M philosopher's comments on violence against white people

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Texas A&M president calls remarks “disturbing." Many colleagues say his quotes have been distorted and that his work in critical race theory and his academic freedom deserve support.

Duke divinity school professor objects to diversity training request and sets off debate on inclusiveness and civility

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Professor calls diversity training workshop to which colleagues were invited a “waste,” setting off debate about inclusiveness and civility.

Professor makes public resignation of tenured job at Kansas over campus carry

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Professor’s public resignation letter points to tensions in Kansas as new law takes effect this summer.

Accreditor's rules about faculty members spark debate at Wayne State College and among philosophers

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Accreditor’s new rules are forcing a professor who has taught philosophy for 50 years to stop doing so, because her Ph.D. is in English. Many object.

Faculty members at Whitman fight for more say in how the administration raises its student-faculty ratio

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Is an eight-to-one student-faculty ratio one to be cherished or seen as a luxury few colleges can afford? Debate at Whitman illustrates the tensions.

Fresno State and the Secret Service are investigating an untenured lecturer who said President Trump "must hang" on Twitter

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Fresno State and the Secret Service are investigating an untenured lecturer who tweeted that President Trump "must hang." But the professor says he never meant to incite actual violence.

Court backs U of New Mexico in case involving student who said she was booted from course for critiquing lesbianism

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Appeals court sides with U of New Mexico in case of student who said she was booted from a class for critiquing lesbianism. Judges say professors have right to make decisions about what kind of speech is appropriate for academic setting.

Berkeley again accused of protecting reputation of star professor instead of acting on reports of harassment

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Berkeley is again in hot water for allegedly protecting the reputation of a prominent professor instead of acting on reports of harassment against him. The case this time involves John R. Searle, a noted philosopher of language.

Ideological odd couple Robert George and Cornel West issue a joint statement against 'campus illiberalism'

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Ideological odd couple Robert George and Cornel West issue joint statement -- attracting thousands of signatures -- in wake of shouting down of a speaker at Middlebury.

Education secretary criticizes professors as telling students 'what to think'

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Professors tell students "what to say, and more ominously, what to think," new education secretary says in her first sustained criticism of higher education.

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