FIRE's Harvey Silverglate decries hyper-sensitivity on college campuses.
A case for constitutions and judicial review.
An Israeli university will be putting to the test the American Studies Association's claim that it has dropped its discriminatory polices against Israeli academics.
Stung by criticism of its boycott against Israelis, which they claim to not apply, the American Studies Association has adopted a heavy-handed press credentialing policy for its annual conference. It excludes most reporters interested in covering the event. And while claiming to pursue "openness and transparency," it imposes a credentialing system worthy of Cuba.
The ASA's adoption of a partial boycott of Israeli academics was seen as a watershed for the legitimacy of the BDS movement. The group's rapid reversal of its policy thus represents a significant delegitimization of such efforts, which have now been disclaimed even by the most ideological academic groups. But none of this frees the ASA for responsibility for its past discrimination against Israelis.
The American Studies Association may be ready to suspend its boycott of Israeli academics to avoid legal troubles with their upcoming conference in Los Angeles. But their supposedly revised policy -- which is about as coherent as one of their post-modern papers -- is too little, too late.
A Westin hotel in Los Angeles is scheduled to host an event that excludes participants on the basis of their national origin. Legal challenges will likely ensue. But civil rights laws aside, is this a precedent a major hotel chain wants to set?
"Harvard has adopted procedures for deciding cases of alleged sexual misconduct which lack the most basic elements of fairness and due process, are overwhelmingly stacked against the accused, and are in no way required by Title IX law or regulation."
Law professor Erwin Chemerinsky has a new book arguing that the Supreme Court is a failure. But is Chemerinsky just criticizing the Court for not agreeing with his personal policy preferences? I ask him that, and he responds.
Jody Lyneé Madeira and Pablo Escobedo of Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law are conducting a survey of current U.S. law students.