All posts by Charles Huckabee


French Scholar on Way to Speak at Texas A&M Was Detained at Airport for 10 Hours

A visiting scholar who was scheduled to speak at Texas A&M University was detained at Houston International Airport last week and was about to be deported before university officials reached customs agents at the airport and persuaded them they were making a mistake, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.

The scholar, Henry Rousso, is a senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research who studies the history and memory of traumatic pasts, especially of France during Wor…


Judge Temporarily Blocks Enforcement of Trump’s Travel Ban

[Updated (2/5/2017, 10:38 a.m.) with an appellate court's rejection of the government's request for an immediate stay of the judge's ruling.]

A federal judge in Seattle on Friday temporarily blocked President Trump’s week-old executive order that halted travel to the United States by all visitors, including students and those with valid visas, from seven largely Muslim countries, and by virtually all refugees worldwide.

On Saturday the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would halt…


Berkeley Cancels a Talk by Milo Yiannopoulos as Violent Protests Break Out

The right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to wind up a college speaking tour at the University of California at Berkeley on Wednesday night, but as protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows, and started fires outside the speaking venue, campus officials canceled the event before it began, citing safety concerns.

Berkeley had anticipated protests against the conservative speaker, according to reports by the Associated Press, The Mercury News, and other news outlets. On Wednes…


MLA Delegates Reject Call for an Academic Boycott of Israel

The Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly on Saturday defeated a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israel and voted to move forward for consideration by the entire MLA membership another resolution that urges the association to refrain from endorsing a campaign for such boycotts, according to a posting on MLA Commons.

The group’s Executive Council will examine and may modify the anti-boycott resolution before forwarding it to the membership. In 2014, the membership defeated


Kentucky Legislature Gives Governor Power to Replace U. of Louisville’s Board

The new Republican majority in the Kentucky General Assembly gave final passage on Saturday to seven fast-tracked priorities, including a bill that would replace the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees with a new 10-member panel to be appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin, the Courier-Journal reported.

Democrats argued against the bill, saying it could keep the university’s accreditation in jeopardy. The university’s accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission …


U. of Minnesota Football Team Calls a Boycott to Protest Players’ Suspensions

The University of Minnesota’s football players announced on Thursday that the entire team would boycott practices and other team activities — even a December 27 appearance in the Holiday Bowl, if need be — to protest the university’s suspension of 10 players from the team in connection with a campus investigation of a sexual-assault complaint.

According to the Star Tribune, in Minneapolis, the players met privately on Thursday afternoon, then informed their head coach, Tracy Claeys, of their dec…


Chancellor Gets No-Confidence Vote at Indiana U.-Purdue U. Campus

The Faculty Senate at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne approved on Monday a resolution expressing no confidence in the leadership of the campus’s chancellor, Vicky L. Carwein, The News-Sentinel, a local newspaper, reported.

Faculty concerns about the chancellor relate both to her responses to financial pressures on the university, which is known as IPFW, and to her efforts to preserve IPFW’s status as a combined Indiana-Purdue campus. A legislative working group has recommended…


Cornel West Reportedly Will Return to Teach at Harvard

Cornel R. West, the prominent activist and African-American-studies scholar who broke with Harvard University 14 years ago, has been invited back to the university to teach, The New York Times reports.

Mr. West left Harvard for Princeton University in 2002 after a high-profile dispute with Harvard’s president at the time, Lawrence H. Summers. In 2012, Mr. West became a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary, in New York. He now holds emeritus-professor statu…


32 Americans Are Chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2017

Thirty-two Americans have been chosen as the next class of Rhodes Scholars representing the United States, Elliot F. Gerson, American secretary of the Rhodes Trust, announced on Saturday. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford, and may support four years of study in some instances.

The new scholars will enter Oxford in the fall of 2017. The winners, chosen from 16 districts across the country, bring to 3,420 the number of Americans who h…


Lawyers Seek Delay in Trial of Lawsuit Alleging Fraud by Trump U.

Lawyers for President-elect Donald J. Trump are seeking to postpone the trial of a class-action lawsuit that accuses the now-defunct Trump University of fraud, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The trial had been scheduled to begin this month in the U.S. district court in San Diego.

The lawsuit in the case is one of several legal proceedings related to the former Trump University, a for-profit venture that changed its name to the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative after a court ruling declared it…