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Jonathan Marks

Jonathan Marks

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

diversity

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...
diversity

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...
vassar

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...
Rania Khalek

If journalist-activist Rania Khalek did not exist, someone would have to invent her. A prominent supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, she has proven...
transgender

“This is my freedom of speech,” said a California State University-Los Angeles student, as she tore down posters advertising a talk by American Enterprise Institute...
trigger warnings

Not long ago, my eleven-year-old son jokingly asked me if I had been “triggered” by something his older brother had said. A term that has...
diversity

In Tuesday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, Kathleen Innello agreed with many commentators that we have a duty to be “boldly honest” about the dangers of Donald Trump....
anti-semitism

Back in November, I wrote about an overwhelming vote – 1040 to 136 -- in favor of BDS at the American Anthropological Association. Although the...