Features Week of November 26 2018
47 minutes

This week's feature is based on the following essay (downloadable as a PDF) written by Professor Harry V. Jaffa in 1989, which served as his farewell address to full-time faculty status at Claremont McKenna College. It remains an illuminating and prophetic statement in response to political correctness and the decay of higher education in contemporary America. The newly published book of his writings from which it is taken can be purchased at the link below.

(1918-2015) was a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute, a Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Graduate School, and the author of numerous articles and books, including his widely acclaimed "Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates," and "A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War."

6 responses to this piece

7 minutes

The Loss of Learning and the Vocationalization of Higher Education

Paul DeHart

Our universities are being transformed into institutions of professional training and certification.

5 minutes

Defund the Ivies!

Amy Wax

Universities will continue as they are—unless the money stops flowing.

4 minutes

The Academy of Hatred, Not Relativism

Heather Mac Donald

Jaffa was wrong about the root of today's academic problems.

3 minutes

The Academy of Mediocrity

Mark Blitz

Our universities' loss of intelligent direction is a greater threat than their radicalization.

5 minutes

Self-Expression and Moral Certainty on Campus

Ian Lindquist

Colleges today encourage students to conflate youthful arrogance with high moral purpose.

4 minutes

The Embers of the Reichstag

Peter Wood

The cowardice of our faculty and administration continues unabated.