Video of My Appearance on FOX News’s “Huckabee”

This segment of the FOX News show Huckabee aired on July 4-5, 2014. I was thankful to have a chance to discuss sexual ethics, religious liberty, and the controversy at Bowdoin College, my alma mater. Governor Huckabee cares deeply about religious liberty issues, and so Bowdoin effectively kicking the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship group off campus was [Read More...]

Bowdoin InterVarsity Leader Tells Story in First Things

I’ve been covering the ongoing struggle at my alma mater, Bowdoin College, between the administration and Bowdoin Christian Fellowship, an evangelical group led by Rob Gregory. Gregory, a close friend of mine, is becoming a household name to readers of my blog, and as of today he’s known as well to the readership of First Things. [Read More...]

New York Times Covers Bowdoin College InterVarsity Fracas

This one took me aback–the New York Times just published a lengthy piece on the disenfranchisement of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at my alma mater, Bowdoin College. The piece is poignant, quite fair, and at around 1,200 words ranges over other campuses as well, showing how there is a definite thread connecting Vanderbilt to Bowdoin to Cal State [Read More...]

The Importance of An Actual Personal Lecture

Saw this in a terrific piece on class lecturing at The Atlantic. In an age gravitating toward online education, essays like this deserve careful consideration. Richard Gunderman, a professor at Indiana University, offers these thoughts on the unique contribution of a live, personal lecture: The core purpose of a great lecturer is not primarily to transmit [Read More...]

Really Good News at Tufts: Christian Leaders Can Be Christian

This from World magazine, which has provided intrepid reporting on the alarming situation at Tufts University: Student religious groups should not have to appoint leaders who do not share their beliefs, a student judiciary at Tufts University announced on Wednesday. Like several other private colleges, Tufts has an “all comers” policy that requires official student organizations [Read More...]

The Future of American Higher Education

Megan McCardle of The Atlantic recently wrote a provocative piece suggesting numerous ways in which American higher education could adapt to fit a modern, technology-driven society.  Her comments were no-holds-barred when it comes to the question of the “practicality” of a liberal arts degree.  Here’s a bit of what she said: Online education will kill the liberal arts [Read More...]

Your Yale Education 2011: A Class on NYC Clubbing and “Nightlife Culture”

Ah, the rich merits of the Ivy League education, the plush learning it affords.  Like this Yale University class in the American Studies department: “Dance Music and Nightlife Culture in New York City.” Behold the rich harvest of learning that will accrue to the student who signs up (from the Yale Daily News): A junior [Read More...]

Is It a Bad Idea to Study Philosophy in College?

Here’s an interesting report from the Washington Post that examines median salaries for college graduates of various majors.  The study, conducted by researchers at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, offers the following data: According to the study, the median annual earnings for someone with a bachelor’s degree in engineering was $75,000. The [Read More...]

Don’t Waste Your College: An Essay on Adolescence

The American college experience occupies a vaunted place in the mind of many an adolescent.  College, overworked high schoolers assure themselves, will be a place of freedom, experimentation, video games, and goofing off.  And that’s just in class. The system of delayed adulthood or prolonged adolescence or unmitigated disaster (choose whatever term suits your fancy) [Read More...]

Salvo Magazine Fires Off Against Academic Bias

Have you heard of Salvo Magazine? I’m guessing you haven’t. It’s a good, provocative read. It’s a missile in the culture wars from the theistic side (culprits include Robbie George, Dinesh D’Souza, Russell Moore, and others associated with Touchstone magazine and other conservative outposts). Sometimes it’s a bit punchy, but it includes a lot of [Read More...]


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