"The halls of academia may appear to be overrun by battles over academic freedom, free speech, identity politics, cancel culture and overreaching wokeness. But why does it look that way? And what are the real causes? The influential political theorist Wendy Brown has spent her career studying the very ideas — those of identity, freedom and tolerance — that are central to current debates about what’s happening on college campuses across the country, as well as to the attacks they’re undergoing from within and without."
The French president’s first term, with his neoliberal and authoritarian policies, has situated him on the right of the political spectrum rather than in the center as he had announced prior to being elected. But his shift has progressively gone even further with the decision to put immigration control and hardline secularism on the agenda.
On November 30, the far-right pundit Éric Zemmour announced that he would be candidate to the French presidential election. A journalist and polemicist, he was mostly known for his Islamophobic, xenophobic, racist, and sexist public statements.
"Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer loved young people. She loved to be around them and loved to work with them, emphasizing their vitality, vision, and ability to lead. Her approach to working with younger activists was grounded in the belief that age, education, and experience were not prerequisites to political leadership."
In an article for Law & Liberty published on the
thirtieth anniversary of Tiananmen Square, Teng Biao, a rights
lawyer who left China in 2014 and a former Visitor (2016–17) in the
School of Social Science, explains how the extinguishment of
"China’s rising threat to international freedom and democracy
has become a hot topic,” said Teng
Biao, a Chinese human rights lawyer and former Visitor in the
School of Social Science, in an interview about the country's
influence in the West.
Free speech makes no distinctions as to quality; academic
freedom does. Are all opinions equally valid in a university
classroom? Are professors being "ideological" when they refuse to
accept the Bible as scientific evidence? What, then, becomes
Jonathan Israel, Professor
Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, discusses his book
TheExpanding Blaze: How the American Revolution
Ignited the World, 1775–1848 with Gilad Halpern and Dalia
Scheindlin of the Tel Aviv Review.
In 1934, David Hilbert, by then a grand old man of German
mathematics, was dining with Bernhard Rust, the Nazi minister of
education. Rust asked, “How is mathematics at Göttingen, now that
it is free from the Jewish influence?” Hilbert replied,...
Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the
Institute for Advanced Study, will a give a public lecture,
“Contesting American Values: The Bumpy Rise of Democracy in
the West (1776-1850),” on Friday,