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The Humanities as Soulcraft

By James Hankins | At Harvard, faculty independence has gradually been undermined; we are all worker bees now, serving the monstrous regiment of bureaucrats. We have in the latest version of our General Education curriculum what is essentially a glorified distribution requirement. The message sent to students is that an educated person is somebody… 

Who Controls the Past Controls the Future

By Hezekiah Kantor | The History Channel’s recent series about Ulysses S. Grant was produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and based on the best-selling biography by Ron Chernow. It concluded on Wednesday and was just about what one would expect from a film created by some of academia’s and entertainment’s biggest leftists. Although the series did fairly well in… 

The Literature of Pestilence

By John V. Fleming | During this pandemic, which has been documented nearly to exhaustion, two themes have captured my attention. The first is the difference between old and new plagues; the second is the literary history of pestilence. As a college professor specializing in medieval literature, I find the two topics… 

Rotten Education Isn’t Preordained

By Walter E. Williams | Black politicians, civil rights leaders, and their white liberal advocates have little or no interest in doing anything effective to deal with what’s no less than an education crisis among black students. In city after city with large black populations, such as Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., less than 10% of students test… 

The Subtle Tyranny Of The ‘Expert’ Class

By Lewis M. Andrews | Three recent developments have raised the issue of whether social media should be able to censor opinions that differ from expert opinion. The first involves YouTube’s decision to take down a widely circulated video by the co-owners of a Bakersfield, California, “Urgent Care” clinic, Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massahi. Their presentation, based… 

Pandemics And Our Love For Post-Apocalyptic Drama

By Bradley J. Birzer | Better to go out with a bang than a wimper? Dating back to the roots of Christianity we have always been obsessed with ‘The End.’ In the year 793, Catholic monks made the following report, all of it disturbing. “In this dire year portents appeared over Northumbria and sorely frightened the people. They consisted of immense whirlwinds… 

Is This the End of Campus Education? 

By Glenn Moots| Prompted by student petitions, government orders, and recommendations of epidemiologists, America launched its largest-ever simultaneous educational experiment in March: it took K–12 and postsecondary education online. Though many hoped the “virtual” semester would be a one-off, round two may be on the horizon. Boston University was… 

Are Boys and Girls Brains Really Different?

By Annie Holmquist | A few years ago, my church nursery had an influx of little boys, all born within a few months of each other. Nursery duty in the weeks before that cadre outgrew it was, well… energetic. Everything was visibly quieter when they left. The possibility of some baby suffering a concussion via a toddler wrestling match was replaced with… 

Tinned Fruit in Times of Famine

By Deanna Briody | But my lack of social media troubled her to an extent that troubled me. I was used to people being surprised over my choices surrounding technology. I was in my mid-twenties and had no presence on social media. I could navigate my laptop and phone adequately, but when it came to the minute up-to-datedness which a constantly reloading newsfeed…