Friday, October 01, 2021

History of Academic Freedom

The New York Times reports that historian Beverley Gage, who runs Yale University's Program in Grand Strategy, in which students "immerse themselves in classic texts of history and statecraft, while also rubbing shoulders with guest instructors drawn from the worlds of government, politics, military affairs and the media," has resigned because of Yale's willingness (indeed, contractual agreement) to let wealthy, ultraconservative donors influence the program's curriculum and even control the hiring of faculty.

As universities have become more than ever committed to fundraising, with the most prestigious universities bringing in the most money, academic freedom comes to resemble what they say about freedom of the press: it mostly belongs to those who own one.

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