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callosal disconnection syndrome

Callosal Failure: One Hundred Years of Viewpoint Diversity Activism

Callosal disconnection syndrome, more colloquially known as ‘split brain syndrome’ occurs when the connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain are disrupted or severed. The condition often makes it difficult for people to fully access and synthesize various flows of information or to properly coordinate their actions. This is, perhaps, a perfect..

James Poniewozik

Episode 77: James Poniewozik, Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America

James Poniewozik is my guest today. He’s the chief television critic for the New York Times. We’ll be talking about his new book “Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America,” which was listed as one of the 10 best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, one of the 50 notable works of nonfiction in 2019 by The Washington Post, and a notable book of the year by the New York Times Book Review.

academic freedom in the uk

Academic Freedom in the UK

Recently, Tom Simpson of Oxford University and myself co-authored a report, Academic Freedom in the UK for the British Think Tank Policy Exchange. The report garnered considerable attention in the British media, largely positive (see here, here, here, here for instance), with a couple critical — if revealing — comments as well (e.g. here, here)...

institutional service

Shaping Campus Culture through Institutional Service

Whether at a small residential college or a huge university, professors are typically expected to do at least some institutional service.  In fact, at those colleges and universities with a particularly strong tradition of faculty governance, the service load can ostensibly account for as much as third of a faculty member’s workload; the actual time..

refashioning futures

Refashioning Futures

“Political discussion possesses a character fundamentally different from academic discussion. It seeks not to be in the right, but also to demolish the basis of its opponents social and intellectual existence… Political conflict, since it is from the very beginning a rationalized form of the struggle for social predominance, attacks the social status of the..

Viewpoint Diversity

Viewpoint Diversity in Student Affairs

Viewpoint diversity criticisms have become increasingly commonplace within higher education. While most concerns focus on the potential chilling effects of ideological disparity among faculty members, criticisms aimed at student affairs administrators have started to gain traction in recent years. Sam Abrams, professor of politics at Sarah Lawrence College, began the discussion with his 2018 study..