Phi Beta Cons

The Right take on higher education.

Race to the Bottom Midway Results


It seems that every time you blink, there is a new front-runner in the annual contest between the “Studies” departments to come up with the least objective, most politically inspired, most anti-intellectual nonsense. By becoming the first academic unit to officially support the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” movement, the Association for Asian-American Studies might have edged into the lead against perennial favorites Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, and African-American Studies.

As Ursinus professor Jonathan Marks points out in Commentary, the thing that makes the AAAS decision especially egregious is the inclusion in their resolution of language written by 9/11 “Truther” (and emeritus Princeton professor) Richard Falk, who recently got himself back in the news for suggesting that the U.S. had it coming in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Of course, we still have a long way to go before this year’s winner is decided, and the competition is fierce.


Subscribe to National Review