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March 08, 2004

Intellectual Diversity

The intellectual diversity problem on college campuses rears its ugly head at Duke. The problem exists on other campuses as well but the conservative Dukies are meeting it head-on. The New Sense Magazine published by the Duke Conservative Union (DCU) writes in an article titled "Durham, we have a problem":
Much to the dismay of the Duke administration, the DCU has provoked its ritual annual contretemps, this time by publishing an advertisement revealing that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a whopping 142-to-8 margin among university deans as well as faculty members of eight liberal arts departments.
The DCU ad set off a debate(war) at Duke about intellectual diversity as seen in this the Chronicle Online article by Cindy Yee. The DCU gets the knives out and works over the administration and faculty here : "William Chafe, mercifully the outgoing dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences" and "Maureen Quilligan, a radical activist moonlighting as the Chair of the English Department" Here is another article about intellectual diversity called " Patrolling Professors' Politics Conservative activists and students press campaigns against perceived bias on campuses" in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The issue has taken hold on other campuses like the University of Colorado as well. Where it has, the air has been filled with the usual name calling that left uses to avoid honest debate: McCarthyism, Hitler, mind-control, gestopo, quotas, etc.. Intellectual diversity will always be a problem as racial diversity was because groups of people in power do not want to admit that there is a problem. As one professor defending intellectual diversity at Dukesaid: "Duke’s intellectual diversity should be measured by its numbers of Black Panther members, Communists, et al.". No problem here.
- posted by Mad Jayhawk and Seven @ 3/08/2004 02:30:00 PM    |

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