Killing The Golden Goose

My opinion on how much harm the GOP tax bill will do to our universities.


Hungary’s Xenophobic Attack on Academic Freedom

On April 4, 2017, the Hungarian government pushed through a bill that could eliminate academic freedom and free inquiry at the Central European University – and would, in a highly discriminatory way, make it virtually impossible for the University to continue operating in Budapest. We urged the public to respond in our op-ed in The Washington Post.

Why Sports and Elite Academics Do Not Mix

My new piece on the athletic programs at highly selective institutions and why they do not mix with the larger college goals.

Read it in The Atlantic.

Trying to Save an Important Part of Lincoln’s Legacy

Interview with Rich Barlow for BU Today. How to rescue public universities from the budget axe.

Why American Universities Need Immigrants

In my new opinion piece for The Atlantic I argue that President Trump’s travel ban puts American University legacy at risk.

Universities as Unsettling Institutions

If a university’s fundamental mission is to create and disseminate knowledge, how is it to foster those ambitions while preventing the natural tendency to suppress ideas that question existing knowledge and power relationships in the society?

My 2010 post in is still relevant, almost 7 years later.

Ignorance Does Not Lead to Election Bliss

On the election day The Atlantic published my article Ignorance Does Not Lead to Election Bliss. I suggest that among other factors current political state owes itself to the failures of American education system.

The Triumph of America’s Research University published in The Atlantic

Since the 19th century, the institutions’ thinkers have discovered a dazzling array of new knowledge—yet attacks on academic freedom mean all their potential is now at risk.

Please read the full article here, at The Atlantic.

The Chilling Effects of Fear published in The Atlantic

I’ve just had an article published in The Atlantic on free speech under attack at universities, not by outside forces, but by their own student body. The coddling of students’ minds has resulted in grave restrictions of free speech on campus—but academic leaders are also to blame.

Please read the full article here, at The Atlantic.

Article from The Atlantic – The Pillaging of America’s State Universities

I’ve just had an article published in The Atlantic on America’s research universities under siege. The financial struggle of public research institutions may be a matter of choice—not necessity, as public leaders say. A type of delusional thinking seems to convince American policymakers that excellent public colleges and universities can continue to be great without serious investment.

Please read the full article here, at The Atlantic.

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