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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.

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Waiting for Cornel West

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 intellectual life. It was, therefore, a coup when he put himself, with Princeton’s Robert George,…

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Punish the Mob

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 Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. Although it was not a major…

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A Major BDS Fail

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 the crowing of its supporters after a town hall meeting on Friday, one might…

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The AAA Votes Down BDS

Back in November, I wrote about an overwhelming vote – 1040 to 136 — in favor of BDS at the American Anthropological Association. Although the BDS resolution had to go to the full membership for endorsement, I did not think…

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This Is How You Fight BDS

Having delivered the bad news that Vassar College’s administration is not doing enough to address anti-Semitism on its campus, I am glad to be able to report better news about the University of Minnesota. There, the local chapter of Students…

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Circling the Wagons at Vassar

It has now been about a month since Jasbir Puar gave her infamous talk at Vassar College, about which I wrote here. Thanks to a strong reaction by Fairness to Israel, a Vassar alumni group, and the Academic Engagement Network…

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BDS Discredits Itself

The boycott, divestment, sanctions movement has taken a special interest in Malaysia. That’s not surprising since Malaysia is an aggressive violator of rights. Its Sedition Law permits the government to intimidate its critics, and for this and other reasons it’s…

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Academics Vote for Embarrassment

In a move that will surprise no one, the American Anthropological Association voted at its annual meeting overwhelmingly, 1040-36, to endorse the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement and to boycott Israeli colleges and universities. The resolution must be voted on by…

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The Snowballing of the BDS Movement

Defenders of the BDS movement often claim, in spite of evidence to the contrary, that it is narrowly targeted. The cultural boycott of Israel, for example, supposedly targets only events or artists commissioned or funded by Israel. But just as…

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BDS Rejected by Episcopal and Mennonite Churches

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has a history of claiming victories prematurely, and Jewish Voice for Peace activist Seth Morrison has supplied us with an amusing example of the phenomenon. Morrison just penned a piece entitled “Does Church Vote Signal…

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