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1984: In the Culture Wars, a Volley at Higher Education

April 10, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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As chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William J. Bennett felt moved to issue a 42-page report ripping into the state of those disciplines and urging colleges to “revitalize teaching of the humanities,” The Chronicle reported. “Many academic leaders lack the confidence to assert that the curriculum should stand for something more than salesmanship, compromise, or special-interest politics,” he wrote. A few months later, Mr. Bennett became U.S. secretary of education. In other front-page news, we described Amherst College’s painful prohibition on fraternity activities. Thirty years later, Amherst banned off-campus Greek groups entirely.