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Utter Bankruptcy of Their Concept of Diversity

A faculty member writes in:

I hope that Ephblog will publish all of the pathetic memos from the various deans and our College’s president about Trump’s victory. They all speak to the utter bankruptcy of their concept of diversity, i.e. the notion that visible diversity equals intellectual diversity. It doesn’t and never will.

1) Thanks to this faculty member and all are other contributors and readers! The EphBlog community — especially parents and alumni — appreciate hearing directly from you.

2) EphBlog has tried to cover “all of the pathetic memos.” See here and here for the latest ones. It would be great if you, or someone else, were to perform a line-by-line deconstruction.

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#1 Comment By Mr. Calabash On November 13, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

The problem with that faculty member’s comment is that trump displays no discernible intellectual activity.

“First they came for the Muslims, and I did nothing…”

#2 Comment By John C. Drew, Ph.D. On November 13, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

I don’t think it is a stretch to assert that Williams College is seriously out-of-touch with American thought right now.

The GOP will have the White House, Congress and – for the foreseeable future – the Supreme Court too. The GOP holds 34 governorship’s and 68 of 99 state legislative bodies. Yet there are apparently no full-time GOP professors on campus.

It is difficult to understand how it serves young people to go without access to the sincere opinions and research of those whose ideology is a strong match with the controlling opinion throughout the nation.

Williams College, in fact, is in danger of training a generation of dysfunctional automatons who hold tight to liberal fantasies when they should be grappling with the very real, often intractable challenges facing us.

For my take on being one of the college’s token Republicans in the 1980s, please see this article.


Until Williams College returns to a focus on excellence over ethnic diversity, I don’t see how it will ever fairly represent the ideological variety of contemporary politics. This is why I like to say I took the prestige of the college with me when I left.

#3 Comment By anon-liberal On November 13, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

What is more interesting, close reading of an administrator’s email or a professor’s? I’ll start with the latter (making sure to google before commenting):

(1) Arousing pity, especially through vulnerability and sadness

(2) Miserably inadequate.

(3) Relating to the emotions.

The emails satisfy two of the three possible definitions, in that they are directed at those experiencing severely negative emotional responses to the election results. The professor probably didn’t mean to suggest that the emails were inadequate, although that too is possible (some might think they did not provide a sufficiently positive message for students recovering from election night; others might feel they did not express sufficient shock and outrage at the violence of this electoral assault).