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Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks, a contributor to Commentary’s blog, is professor of politics at Ursinus College

anti-BDS laws

In June, I reviewed the superb essay collection, Anti-Zionism on Campus. In it, Andrew Pessin and Doron Ben-Atar collect testimonies and reflections from faculty and...
Condoleezza Rice

It’s hard to believe, but the American Political Science Association (APSA) is honoring a figure who defended a war most political scientists consider immoral and...
Harvard

Much has been written here at COMMENTARY about Harvard’s ill-conceived war on “unrecognized single-gender organizations.” At issue are fraternities, sororities, and Harvard’s famously exclusive “finals...
turning point usa

According to the 2013-14 Higher Education Research Institute Faculty Survey, just 7.8 percent of professors consider themselves conservative. Another 0.8 percent say they are on the...
higher education

Conservatives have long warned of a higher education bubble. Americans, they say, are irrationally exuberant about the value of college. Students who might once have...
asian-americans

The New York Times editorial board has weighed in on admissions to some of New York’s most selective public high schools, including Stuyvesant High School,...
vassar

Last year, I criticized universities for hurrying to implement programs to combat microaggressions, “mostly subtle, mostly inadvertent slights directed at racial minorities and other ‘marginalized”...
Anti-semitism

Carly Pildis, a political organizer, is a critic of the left from within. She has been doing the good work of pleading with her fellow...
anti-semitism

At Ithaca College, of six “bias-related incidents” reported in 2017-18, three were “cases of aggravated harassment involving swastikas.” One Jewish student there reported that a...
transgender

So as long as a disruption is no more than eight—or ten?—or 30?—minutes, it’s not a violation. And as long as the speaker can somehow continue, on some topic, somewhere, it’s not a violation.

student

A surprising number of my acquaintances have precocious children. On social media, I have seen ninety-nine variations of “my six-year-old and I were watching the...