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Community Colleges Offer Lessons in Diversifying the Presidency

To the Editor:

The Aspen Institute’s goals are laudable and community colleges certainly have much work to do to achieve gender and racial equity in the presidency — but it seems to me the Aspen Institute might focus as well on the four-year colleges and universities, whose achievements toward gender and racial equity in the presidency are far more sparse than that of community colleges (“What Will It Take to Change the Presidency?,” The Chronicle, May 21).

Also missing from this article is a se…

Treating ‘Menstrual Equity’ as Significant Fuels Public Contempt for Academe

To the Editor:

Both the so-called campus activists who expend their energies to achieve “menstrual equity” by lobbying for tampons in men’s bathrooms on university campuses, as well as the publication that finds this to be an accurate representation of campus life, declare to the world that American students, and by association the academics who influence them, are infatuated with absurdities and far-removed from reality (“Tampons in Men’s Rooms? It’s Just a Small Part of ‘Menstrual Equity…

Enforcement of Diversity Orthodoxy on Campuses Is Orwellian

To the Editor:

My former colleague at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Paul Griffiths, who has recently resigned amid a political correctness fire-storm at Duke Divinity School, is like me a white, working-class expat from Britain (“Duke Professor Resigns After Facing Discipline for Challenging Diversity Training,The Chronicle, May 9). I share Professor Griffiths’ indignant resistance to the political correctness that is sweeping our universities. And I believe our shared class origins g…

New Jobs for Humans Displaced by Robots Could Take a Generation to Appear

To the Editor:

As the co-editor of a new book on the topic of automation and unemployment, I agree with much of what Andrew McAfee says about higher education’s role in preparing us for a future in which many jobs are done by intelligent machines (“‘Those Jobs Are Gone’,” The Chronicle, April 30). He also makes a good point when he states at the end of the interview that the market and the new technology itself will combine to make new jobs for previously displaced humans. But it is very import…

Faculty Senate at Wake Forest Explains Opposition to Koch-Funded Institute

To the Editor:

The Chronicle has recently run two stories and a letter about the establishment of the Eudaimonia Institute at Wake Forest University and its primary funder, the Charles Koch Foundation (“Koch Money Brings Distress Over a University’s Well-Being Institute,The Chronicle, April 4, “Wake Forest’s Eudaimonia Institute Tries to Turn From Controversy to Scholarship,The Chronicle, April 26, and “Efforts by Group at Wake Forest to Restrict Open Inquiry Are Distressing,” Letters to the…

More Readers Weigh In on Hypatia Debate

To the Editor:

I loved Ms. Nora Berenstain’s mangling of the English language (“…egregious levels of liberal white ignorance and discursive transmisogynistic violence”) in her supposed refutation of the arguments she apparently disliked in “In Defense of Transracialism,” an article by Rebecca Tuvel in Hypatia (“A Journal Article Provoked a Schism in Philosophy. Now the Rifts Are Deepening,The Chronicle, May 6). However, I am not exactly clear on how a mere journal article commits “discursive…

Reader Response to Hypatia Controversy

To the Editor:

Regardless of the philosophical merits of Rebecca Tuvel’s Hypatia article, the actions of the author of and signatories to the letter of objection constitute defamation of character (“A Journal Article Provoked a Schism in Philosophy. Now the Rifts Are Deepening,The Chronicle, May 6). At root, they impugn Professor Tuvel for deigning, as a cisgender white woman, to publish an academic journal article that argues for a position that does not pass their ideological litmus test for…

Regional Colleges Have Long Been Pursuing Efforts to Make Graduates Robot-Proof

To the Editor:

In Steve Kolowich’s recent interview with MIT’s Andrew McAfee, Mr. McAfee calls for an educational system that “excels at producing people to do the things that computers can’t do: figure out what problem to tackle next, work as part of a team to solve it, and have compassion for others and the ability to coordinate, motivate, persuade, and negotiate,” (‘Those Jobs Are Gone,’ The Chronicle, April 30). Maybe MIT is producing students that, like robots, can only “read, write, and …

Article Misidentifies Eudaemonic Well-Being

To the Editor:

Having participated in discussions surrounding Well-Being Institutes at Wake Forest, I am pleased to read that the attention to the topic is now found under The Chronicle’s heading of “Research.”

Regrettably, the research cited in your recent article regarding the Eudaemonia Institute is woefully incomplete (“Koch Money Brings Distress Over a University’s Well-Being Institute,The Chronicle, April 4). It misidentifies eudaemonic well-being and misinforms by being unaware of the s…

Maybe Andrew Jackson Really Would Have Prevented Civil War

To the Editors:

We can never know if Jackson had been president instead of Buchanan whether he could have stopped the slide to secession and war (“Would Andrew Jackson Have Prevented the Civil War? Trump Says Yes. A Jackson Scholar Says No,The Chronicle, May 2). Buchanan did nothing. If Jackson had been president, his reputation as a Unionist and a violent and passionate man might have caused Southerners to back down. They would have had no doubts about peacefully leaving the Union. Jackson sh…