From coast to coast, American universities have recently been swept by impassioned and vocal student protests. Students have demanded that “offensive” curricula be dropped, campus statues removed, buildings renamed, university presidents and administrators resign, and that “sensitivity” and diversity efforts be redoubled. In most instances, university executives have acquiesced.
These protests are transforming the meaning of the university. James Madison thought that universities would throw “light over the public mind” to make students into citizens. Now, however, universities fear students and accede to their demands. They no longer enlighten, but indulge prejudice. How did we arrive at this state of affairs? What should be the role of the university in our republic?
More About the Speakers
Editor-in-Chief, Claremont Review of Books,
Senior Fellow, Claremont Institute, and
Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College
President, National Association of Scholars
Associate Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics