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Leon Botstein

Leon Botstein is the president of Bard College.

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Stories by this Author

  • The Review | Opinion

    Can We Finally Topple the Tyranny of Rankings?

    This is the best chance to kill the conformist pseudoscience of U.S. News, once and for all.
  • The Review

    Is Meritocracy Hurting Higher Education?

    Social mobility has stalled, and the public is losing trust. Time for universities to rethink their role in American life?
  • The Review

    Stop the Generational Moralizing About Free Speech

    The case for free speech must be made with appropriate sensitivity to the perspective of its critics.
  • The Review

    Bard President Responds to Critics of Far-Right Figure’s Talk

    The invitation to the German politician Marc Jongen “does not constitute either legitimation or endorsement.”
  • The Chronicle Review

    The Transformative Paradoxes of Jean Sibelius

    The Finn’s critical fortunes rose and fell during his lifetime. But as something of a modernist in disguise, he merits a fresh listen.
  • The Review

    Milton Babbitt: Speaking Truth Through Music

    This year Milton Babbitt celebrates his 90th birthday. Few 20th-century American composers have been as vital, productive, combative, and controversial. Babbitt has succeeded in achieving prominence and notoriety within not only the world of music but the university as well. His music, however,…