It is always interesting when students, scholars, or activists actually do the painstaking work of documenting what university ideology looks like in practice. Whether it’s studies of professors’ ideological preferences or attitudes toward various religions, or the change in students’ religious practices over time, this work illuminates the reality of the university life. Today’s FrontPage Magazine has an interesting micro-study of one aspect of one public university, the ideological leanings of outside speakers invited to the College of DuPage. The findings?
Out of a total of 117 speakers, we found that 64 speakers or presentations (55% of the total) leaned to the left politically — often far to the left. 20 speakers or presentations (17%) were judged to have been neutral. In 33 cases (28% of the total), we were unable to identify the political leanings of the speaker or presentation.
Not one of the 117 speakers or presentations at DuPage was found to represent conservative views or views to the right of center even though roughly half the nation holds such views.
Running through the actual list, I was struck by the number of speakers who focused on one or more aspects of either our War on Terror or Israel’s conflict with Palestinians. Not a single one clearly supported either America’s or Israel’s approach to the conflicts. Not one. This is astounding. It’s almost as if the official policies of the United States (many of which have been continued by President Obama) are simply indefensible in an academic environment.
As I read through the list, however, a couple questions came to mind. How many of these speakers were financed by student fees? And did conservative organizations even try to bring opposing viewpoints to campus? If not, then shame on them. If they did, and they were denied funding or denied the chance to speak, well then I know a cure for that kind of discrimination.