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Admit Your Privilege, 5

Associate Professor of Biology Luana Maroja‘s report about the state of free speech at Williams is the most important statement from a member of the faculty in years. Let’s go through it. Day 5.

While most professors at the meeting were highly supportive of free speech and many sent me grateful emails, I was shocked at the behavior of some of my colleagues. For example, one professor turned to the students and said that they should read the names missing from our list of signatories, as “those were professors that were with the students” (an appalling tactic that created an “us vs them” atmosphere). Another professor stated that she was involved in creating violence in UC Berkeley for Milo Yiannopoulos’s disinvitation and would be ready to do the same at Williams.

1) Which professor did the “us vs them” trick? Surely, we have a reader or two who was at the event.

2) A professor threatening violence is nuts! Is anyone else shocked by this? But, at the same time, tell us your story! EphBlog loves a riot. What was the Berkeley riot like? What did you do? What lessons did you learn? Perhaps you could share those lessons with your Williams students . . .

3) Who is the professor? The Record ought to find out. The Course Catalog (pdf) lists faculty backgrounds. Sarah E. Olsen (2016), Ianna Hawkins Owen (2016), Kailani Polzak (2017) and Yana Skorobogatov (2018) are the Williams faculty with the most recent degrees from Berkeley. Of course, just because this professor was at the riot does not mean that she has a degree from Berkeley, but this is the place to start. I also suspect that this is more likely to be a new faculty member since most already-hired Williams faculty would have been teaching during the February 2017 Milo riots.

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#1 Comment By JAS On December 7, 2018 @ 3:51 pm

Peripherally related, and worthy of its own post: Haverford College has a new president, who should be familiar to readers of this blog: Wendy Raymond, a former member of the Williams biology department (and my genetics professor from long ago), and the first dean for institutional diversity at Williams.

https://www.haverford.edu/16th-president

#2 Comment By ZSD On December 7, 2018 @ 6:52 pm

#3 Comment By Williamstown Resident On December 8, 2018 @ 6:44 am

The Atlantic article is worth the read. It features a broad selection of examples of hypersensitive student behavior. However its premise of, “We don’t know how we got here,” is total BS IMHO. We got here because this behavior is being taught and encouraged by a subset of the faculty on campuses across America.

#4 Comment By Williams Ex Pat On December 8, 2018 @ 7:42 am

Exactly correct, Williamstown Resident. It is being taught and rabidly encouraged by social justice warriors, for lack of a better term.

Steven Pinker tweeted: NYT claim by Joel & Fine that male & female brains don’t differ is based on the univariate fallacy. Sure, 1 measure may not differentiate categories, but 2 or more can. (Analogy: No single measure differentiates dogs from cats.)
in response to:

https://www.pnas.org/content/113/14/E1966 which concluded
Given our empirical evidence and the multivariate intuition depicted above, we cannot help but disagree with the concluding statement in the abstract of Joel et al. (1), “… human brains do not belong to one of two distinct categories: male brain/female brain” or their statement that “…brains do not fall into two classes, one typical of males and the other typical of females.…”
A simple multivariate analysis using the same data suggests quite the opposite: Brains are indeed typically male or typically female.

I wonder when the social justice warriors are going to go after Pinker and the authors of the PNAS paper.

Just like those at Cambridge did to Noah Carl
https://quillette.com/2018/12/07/academics-mobbing-of-a-young-scholar-must-be-denounced/

Or take this example of a PhD student being told that his dissenting opinions are “acts of violence.” Faculty response, “‘this shit happens'” and you’re “bound to be called racist, sexist… because of [your] identity.
https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1070741925483986950

All this social justice warriorship is going to lead the US to actual civil war. It’s already brewing:

https://medium.com/s/love-hate/a-dispatch-from-the-second-civil-war-835635943c53 While this particular group may be eschewing the culture wars preoccupying “their fellow citizens,” there are others such as ANTIFA and its ring-wing couterparts readying themselves for the second American revolution expressly based on political ideology.

When the proverbial shit hits the fan, the same idiots who don’t understand how Trump was elected (one reason being how so many Americans are fed up with “political correctness” ) will be scratching their heads wondering how it all came to this. IF they survive.

The pursuit of intersectionality only leads to homogeneity. “Harmony is oppression” – from a draft of Orwell’s 1984.

#5 Comment By Williams Ex Pat On December 8, 2018 @ 4:17 pm