November 23, 2016

The Chronicle Interviews

Brian Taylor
Conversations about higher education

Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington, faced criticism after declining to block Milo Yiannopoulos from her campus. She talks to The Chronicle about free speech, tolerance, and student safety.

When the 130-year-old Virginia Intermont College had to shut its doors, an executive business consultant stepped in to settle its affairs.

Michael Mann has been fighting climate-change deniers since the late 1990s. Now he’s telling his fellow scientists to warm up for a new round of attacks.

Would the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee consider trading his teaching gigs for one more political run? Not a chance.

A campus activist reflects on how sexual-assault survivors organized to change the discussion under the Obama administration and how they plan to meet the challenges under President Trump.

George Ciccariello-Maher, the Drexel University professor who caused a furor by tweeting "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide," says academe must brace for the fight of its life.

After going a few rounds in the political arena, Penn’s Zeke Emanuel wants to turn academics loose on crucial international issues.

Rage over racial, gender, and sexual identity has no sense of proportion and creates a damaging spectacle, says Mark Lilla, a professor of humanities at Columbia University.

The cultural challenges of first-generation students, says M. Sonja Ardoin, aren’t easily resolved — even years later, when as faculty members they’re asked, "What wine will you have?"

The white supremacist Richard Spencer sees college campuses as an important recruiting ground and hopes to visit "all the major ones."

Charles C. Camosy, an associate professor of theology at Fordham University, talks about why academics are out of touch and what they should do about it.

Anna Deavere Smith, master of documentary theater, talks about personal narrative, empathy, and colleges’ potential to reach vulnerable students and to disrupt cliques.

A University of California professor who just wrote a book about public higher education in shambles talks about restoring support, kludging administrators, and California noir.

Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College, reflects on student demands, inauthentic bánh mì, and the tumultuous final years of his decade-long term.