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Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks, author of Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Cambridge University Press, 2005), is professor of politics at Ursinus College.

BDS

It is tricky to assess the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. On the one hand, one does not want to underestimate the...
college

Late in 2015, the student activists at Lebanon Valley College briefly became national laughingstocks for demanding that the name of Lynch Memorial Hall be changed....
diversity

Late this May, Vida Samiian, Director of Middle East Studies at California State University, Fresno, resigned. Her complaint: “the unethical and discriminatory cancellation of the...
Salita

I have written before about Steven Salaita. Once a tenured professor of English at Virginia Tech, he resigned from that position on the strength of...
Medieval

Even “Game of Thrones” has not quite rescued medieval studies from its reputation for stodginess. Yet the organizers of this year’s International Medieval Congress must...
Israel

The 75,000 strong Mennonite Church-USA has joined a few other church organizations in voting to divest from companies “profiting from the occupation.” They seem rather...
anti-semitism

In January, I wrote about a surprising and heartening turn of events at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, an academic organization devoted...
evergreen state

In the world of academics, on rare occasions, a department that cannot govern itself is placed under receivership. An outsider is empowered to run and...
diversity

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a middling Midwestern state university, is not a hotbed of radicalism. Yet it recently joined a handful of other colleges...
anti-semitism

Although the campus boycott movement just lost a big vote at the University of California, Santa Barbara--16 to nothing, no less--its proponents can take solace...
BDS

I have written before that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has secured the relatively few campus victories it has won this...