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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. He has written on higher education for Jewish Ideas Daily, Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Wall Street Journal.

bds

Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, is, whatever one thinks of him, among the biggest names in American...
Charles Murray

When Charles Murray came to Middlebury College on Thursday, Middlebury’s administration said the right thing. Murray’s work has long been controversial, particularly since he co-authored The...
transgender

Widespread interest in microaggressions--mostly subtle, mostly inadvertent slights directed at racial minorities and other “marginalized” groups--is relatively new. According to Scott Lilienfeld, a professor of...
BDS

In 2005, a coalition of organizations claiming to represent Palestinian civil society issued a call to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel. Since then, the...
berkeley

Noah has already commented on the successful shutdown of Milo Yiannopoulos’ talk at the University of California, Berkeley. He sees it as part both of...
humanities

It has been more than twenty years since New York University physics professor Alan Sokal succeeded in getting a parody article published in the journal,...
BDS

As I reported last week, the Modern Language Association was considering at its annual convention a resolution endorsing an academic boycott of Israel. To judge by...
Israel

Shortly after this year’s election, InsideHigherEd ran a piece about just how thrown many college and university professors were by Donald Trump’s win. Count me...
humanities

This Halloween, University of Oregon Law Professor Nancy Shurtz ran, with the best of intentions, into a buzz saw. At a party, to which she invited...
transgender

In 1999, long before the transgender bathroom wars, the film Boys Don’t Cry was praised by critics for its sympathetic portrayal of Brandon Teena, or...
transgender

Last year, students at Brandeis produced what I was sure would be a long-reigning champion in the “you can’t make this stuff up” department. Brandeis’s...
anti-Semitism

Joy Karega, formerly the assistant professor of rhetoric and composition at Oberlin College, has been fired. One rejoices because Karega is an anti-Semite. Consider one...