Politics

Michael Kazin , Member in the School of Social Science, examines the shortcomings of Jimmy Carter's single-term presidency, writing: “Once Carter moved into the White House, the erstwhile nuclear engineer and peanut producer proved to be an absolutely wretched politician. His campaign had promised...
Didier Fassin , James D. Wolfensohn Professor in the School of Social Science, examines the "neoliberal authoritarian program" of French president Emmanuel Macron, whose politics were uniquely characterized as "neither left nor right" throughout his campaign, writing: "Often regarded, especially outside France, as a...
"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. Read more at...
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, spoke at the Paris Institute of Political Studies on March 15, 2018, in a talk titled "Freedom and Equality: Can the Two Stand Together?" Exploring the crucial link between freedom and equality, he...
Martin Peretz of the Wall Street Journal reviewed A Foreign Policy for the Left (Yale University Press, 2018) by Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, writing: "Mr. Walzer is an honest leftist, and he tries to keep his comrades...
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, details the intricacies of whistle-blowing, the moral risk-taking that is involved, and the contours of judging whether or not a disclosure is justified: So long as there are secrets, whistle-blowing will remain a...

In the Media

February 20, 2018
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, discusses the political potential of high school students as they take on the NRA following the February 14, 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. Looking to the African American student activists of...
In the West, when non-white men are implicated in cases of sexual harassment and violence, the debate inevitably is much less about the nature of gender-based violence and its systemic presence in our societies, and much more about the "evidence" these cases provide for claims...
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, joins Marty Moss-Coane of WHYY in a discussion of the American left's approach to foreign policy and his latest book A Foreign Policy for the Left (Yale University Press, January 2018), which...
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 of certified professorial expertise? Does the university have...
“There is a longstanding commitment to the notion that the French do gender relations differently — especially from prudish Americans — and that has to do with the French understanding of seduction,” said Joan Scott , Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science...
"At choral concerts, we expect to be soothed." So said composer David Lang, the Institute's Artist-in-Residence, at a concert where his music promised nothing of the kind. This Pulitzer Prize winner was discussing his choral work National Anthems , an amalgam of the bloodier words...