Glenn Loury (@GlennLoury) is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He has taught previously at Boston, Harvard and Northwestern Universities, and the University of Michigan. He hosts the Glenn Show at Bloggingheads.tv, where he has talked to John McWhorter, Rob Montz, Amy Wax, and others about campus politics and the censorship of unorthodox views.

0:00 Intro; NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly at Brown, and the aftermath
9:36 Faculty appreciate the gravity of the problem
14:00 “Prof. Loury, don’t you know the word is out on you?”
20:06 Brown’s allocation of $100 mil for diversity/inclusion
25:20 Are initiatives evidence-based?
33:20 Must people of color be mentored by other people of color?

Related Links

The Glenn Show

Self-Censorship in Public Discourse: A Theory of “Political Correctness” and Related Phenomena, a 1994 article by Glenn Loury

An Ivy League professor on what the campus conversation on race gets wrong

Selected Quote

There is an awareness of the concerns that Heterodox Academy devotees would think foremost about, which is that we allow differences of opinion to be expressed. It’s vitally important that we do so. There is an appreciation of that point of view here in the administration. I think of my friend, the long time provost of the university.… I’ve gotten to know him very well, and I’ve had extended conversations with him about these matters because we’re friends, and I’ve expressed my concerns. He’s got a difficult problem in balancing the various equities that are concerned. I’m not talking splitting the difference on free speech issues. I’m talking about managing a large organization with a lot of different moving parts and varied interests. He has instituted very self-consciously a lecture series bringing controversial speakers to campus…. It’s not a one-dimensional thing like free speech is dying at Brown.


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