|Part I||The Assault on Liberty|
|1.||The Water Buffalo Affair||9|
|2.||Free Speech in a Free Society||34|
|3.||What Is Academic Freedom?||50|
|5.||The Moral Reality of Political Correctness||97|
|Part II||The Assault on Free Speech|
|6.||The Assault on Faculty Speech||113|
|7.||"Shut Up," They Reasoned: Silencing Students||147|
|Part III||The Assault on the Individual|
|8.||Individual Identity: The Heart of Liberty||187|
|9.||American Thought Reform||210|
|10.||Double Standards: Some Are More Equal than Others||233|
|Part IV||The Assault on Due Process|
|11.||The Rules of Civilization||265|
|12.||The Courts of Star Chamber||289|
|13.||"Not on My Watch"||312|
|Part V||Restoring Liberty|
|14.||Sue the Bastards?||339|
|15.||"Sunlight Is the Best Disinfectant"||355|
|About the Authors||415|
Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses / Edition 1by Alan Charles Kors
Pub. Date: 11/28/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Universities once believed themselves to be sacred enclaves, where students and professors could debate the issues of the day and arrive at a better understanding of the human condition. Today, sadly, this ideal of the university is being quietly betrayed from within. Universities still set themselves apart from American society, but now they do so by enforcing their own politically correct worldview through censorship, double standards, and a judicial system without due process. Faculty and students who threaten the prevailing norms may be forced to undergo 'thought reform.' In a surreptitious aboutface, universities have become the enemy of a free society, and the time has come to hold these institutions to account. The Shadow University is a stinging indictment of the covert system of justice on college campuses, exposing the widespread reliance on kangaroo courts and arbitrary punishment to coerce students and faculty into conformity. Alan Charles Kors and Harvey A. Silverglate, staunch civil libertarians and active defenders of free inquiry on campus, lay bare the totalitarian mindset that undergirds speech codes, conduct codes, and 'campus life' bureaucracies, through which a cadre of deans and counselors indoctrinate students and faculty in an ideology that favors group rights over individual rights, sacrificing free speech and academic freedom to spare the sensitivities of currently favored groups. From Maine to California, at public and private universities alike, liberty and fairness are the first casualties as teachers and students find themselves in the dock, presumed guilty until proven innocent and often forbidden to cross-examine their accusers. Kors and Silverglate introduce us to many of those who have firsthand experience of the shadow university, including:
- The student at the center of the 1993 'Water Buffalo' case at the University of Pennsylvania, who was brought up on charges of racial harassment after calling a group of rowdy students 'water buffalo' -- even though the term has no racial connotations.
- The Catholic residence adviser who was fired for refusing, on grounds of religious conscience, to wear a symbol of gay and lesbian causes.
- The professor who was investigated for sexual harassment when he disagreed with campus feminists about curriculum issues.
- The student who was punished for laughing at a statement deemed offensive to others and who was ordered to undergo 'sensitivity training' as a result.
The Shadow University unmasks a chilling reality for parents who entrust their sons and daughters to the authority of such institutions, for thinking people who recognize that vigorous debate is the only sure path to truth, and for all Americans who realize that when even one citizen is deprived of liberty, we are all diminished.
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A lawyer and a college professor take on the Goliath of what has become the American university establishment. But these two Davids have an ally: the U.S. court system. Kors and Silvergate began taking colleges to court and suing them for their arrogant violations of first and fourth amendment rights. And they won! The courts have been vehement in their denunciations of these blatant disregards of free speech and due process. The authors have since set up a website, www.thefire.com for students and faculty to report such violations. It is still David versus Goliath, but it is a start. But the book sticks to its legal focus. To get a broader picture, you need to read at least Who Stole Feminism? and The Rape of Alma Mater.
Of all the books I've read relating to the intellectual and moral crisis in modern academia, none comes close to this articulately written book. The authors take great pains to carefully document the atrocities they write about, and the book is beautifully organized. It's not just at the big universities that the lunacy that Kors and Silverglate write about occurs. As a student at a local community college, I have witnessed professors yelling at students over differences of political opinion, heard of cases where arbitrary grades were given due to political issues, been required to take what may well have been an illegal test purportedly designed to assess whether anyone was in need of 'mental therapy,' and much more. One professor even assigned a written exercise where one of the questions was about whether you would marry/date/adopt someone of another race. Who students intend to mate with is of no concern to a teacher in a survey-level speech class! What is even more astounding is that some of the things I've seen pale in comparison to some of the things I learned by reading this book. The lunatics are, indeed, running the assylum, and it's high time this nation did something about it. For starters, we can all recommend that everyone reads this book. Kudos to Kors and Silverglate for taking a stand.
Kors and Silverglate have written a well-researched, engaging account of some disturbing facets of American universities. A must read for anyone interested in free speech, justice and education. Especially interesting to those of us (and there are far too many) who have found themselves verbally and physically threatened for voicing politically incorrect opinions or beliefs.