Higher Education News From Around The Web

Here are the latest stories from higher education blogs around the web:
 

BY HANK REICHMAN By now regular readers of this blog are probably aware that the long-floundering “Free Speech Week” that bigot-provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was allegedly “organizing” at the University of California at Berkeley this week has been canceled. Ever the blustering bozo, Milo, however, has vowed to speak on campus tomorrow (Sunday) no matter what.… (Read more...)
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

See:http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/23/uc-berkeley-free-speech-week-officially-canceled/“Wait, whoah, hold on a second,” wrote a clearly surprised Mogulof. “What, exactly, are you saying? What were you told by MILO Inc? Was it a set-up from the get-go?”“Yes,” came Wintrich's one-word response.____https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/23/us/milo-berkeley-free-speech.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur____Parts of UC faculty, others view it this way for various reasons, but here is one view point that details it out:"But finally the most shameful thing about Chancellor Christ's scheme is its own intellectual vacuity." See:http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/free-speech-year/___https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/09/23/uc-berkeley-says-free-speech-week-is-canceled-milo-yiannopoulos-says-hes-still-coming-to-campus/?utm_term=.71f0a0ca1202"Mogulof said the events that had been proposed, if not backed by a student group would need to comply with guidelines for outdoor campus events.Those include a requirement that the (Read more...)
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
Source: Cloudminder

 

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH Writing for Business Insider, Sam Shead has been tracking an escalating dust-up between Oxford and Cambridge Universities over which elite institution provides a better environment for digital start-ups. The two institutions have obviously been competing in academics, athletics, and many other areas for centuries, and this competition over digital start-ups existed… (Read more...)
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

BY HANK REICHMAN When it was first published by the Brookings Institution last week a survey of over 1,500 college students seemed to provide chilling support for those free speech alarmists who claim that intolerant college students pose a major danger to freedom of speech. According to the survey of students conducted by John Villasenor, a… (Read more...)
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

BY HANK REICHMAN According to a report on the website turkeypurge.com, 5,717 teachers at 117 universities have been dismissed from their jobs in Turkey due to government decrees issued under a state of emergency following the failed coup of July 2016. A total of nine government decrees issued between September 2016 and August 2017 dismissed… (Read more...)
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

‘Free Speech Week' is officially off, UC Berkeley announced Saturday morning.“Representatives of the Berkeley Patriot student organization have informed UC Berkeley's administration that all of the events scheduled for the coming week have been canceled,” said Cal spokesman Dan Mogulof in an emailed statement. “It is extremely unfortunate that this announcement was made at the last minute, even as the university was in the process of spending significant sums of money and preparing for substantial disruption of campus life in order to provide the needed security for these events.”The event, sponsored by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, had been scheduled to (Read more...)
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH The following open letter first appeared on Dreamer Hugo Diaz's Facebook page. It has subsequently been disseminated by several national and international news sources. After our month of hurricanes, some of the details especially resonate. More broadly, Hugo Diaz presents a very personalized and authentic account of his experience that both… (Read more...)
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Poof!More on the rapidly disappearing "free speech week" at Berkeley:...Right-wing provocateur Ann Coulter, one of the highest profile speakers, said Friday that she won't attend. Nor, reportedly, will former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, another high-profile speaker on the agenda.Mike Wright, a student leader with the Berkeley Patriot, said Friday the group had not decided whether to cancel Free Speech Week. But he said, “We are concerned about threats and our safety.” ...Full story at:http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cal-student-group-backs-out-of-Free-Speech-Week-12221042.php (Read more...)
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

Poof!RE: The rapidly disappearing act at Berkeley...Yiannopoulos says he's coming back with a lineup of high-profile conservatives, but the star power faded Friday when conservative commentator Ann Coulter announced she's not coming. Coulter told The Associated Press that Yiannopoulos' team was in touch with hers about speaking but she heard "the administration was dead set on blocking this event" so she decided not to bother...Full story at:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-ann-coulter-berkeley-free-speech-20170922-story.html (Read more...)
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

At this articleThere's this: "Editor's noteSept. 22, 2017Since NPR published this story, it's come to our attention that significant questions have been raised about the methodology of a survey quoted in this report. We've removed references to the survey, which was conducted by a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. You can read more about the questions surrounding the survey here."It points to this: "'Junk science': experts cast doubt on widely cited college free speech surveySurvey saying 20% of US college students believe it's appropriate to use violence against offensive speech was administered to an opt-in online panel"And includes:"The (Read more...)
Fri, Sep 22, 2017
Source: Cloudminder