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Define “liberal”; define “academic”…

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | January 23, 2010

and speaking as a scholar, maybe I could engage with the question. Let’s take “academics” to mean “university faculty” and “liberal” to potentially have at least three different meanings. Turn this formulation around: “why aren’t university faculty (aka “academics”) reliably politically right-wing (one of the several ways to understand “liberal” in the original formulation being … Continue reading »

Religious bases for the conservative imagination, academic environments for inquiring minds

Richard Abrams, professor emeritus of history | January 21, 2010

Interesting question.  An old friend of mine whom I’ve known since 4th grade and who has always been something of a Republican, recently asked me the same question.  There are two answers to the question:  (1) academics, especially those in the social sciences and humanities, are likely to be better informed than most and therefore … Continue reading »

Professionalism trumps ideology

Stephen Maurer, Adj. Em. Prof. of Public Policy |

When I was small my parents taught me to avoid making small talk around religion and politics. Yet when I meet new European colleagues these days they almost immediately ask me to condemn Bush and praise Obama.  Maybe they are trying to pick a fight, but I don’t think so. As far as I can … Continue reading »