Magazine July 29, 2019, Issue

Letters

Baseball fans stand during the national anthem before a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md., April 4, 2016. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports)

A Disinvitation Dissent

Your reference in the Week of May 20 to the “disinvitation” of Professor Harvey Mansfield by “a little college in Montreal” quite rightly notes that the reversal “deprived [graduating students] of hearing a great scholar on a great topic.”

It was, however, imprecise in stating that Liberal Arts College (Concordia University), per se, disinvited Professor Mansfield: In fact, a minority of our tenured staff fought to maintain the initial unanimous decision to invite him. Liberal Arts College is the only full-time great-books-centered core-curriculum B.A.-degree program in Western civilization and culture in Canada. The officious, offensive, and illiberal turn-down of Professor Mansfield issued from a protest against his supposed anti-feminism by a small alumni group. However, general alumni opinion since the turn-down (and the cancellation of the college’s planned Fortieth Alumni Reunion Gala) has been running ten to one against the deplatforming. 

Since its foundation 40 years ago, Liberal Arts College has proudly defended freedom of expression, thought, and objective inquiry. It is important to note that those fighting the Mansfield “disinvitation” continue to do so.

Frederick Krantz
Professor of History, Concordia University

 

Tribal Rites

Rich Lowry, in his survey of American baseball stadiums (“Fields of Beauty,” July 8), errs on the side of generosity when he describes Cleveland’s monumental Municipal Stadium as “usually half-empty.” That would amount to a crowd of about 40,000 people, which I doubt the Indians drew more than three or four times a year after their 1940s–50s heyday. (The Browns did better, of course.) Lowry must be relying on the same crowd estimator that said 2 million people — 30 percent of Hong Kong’s population — had crowded into a few downtown blocks.

But as Lowry points out, sound is also an important part of baseball, and the nearly vacant stadium was the perfect place for the reverberating war drum that a nil desperandum fan in the farthest reaches of the center-field bleachers would pound whenever the Tribe got a man on base. And of course there was the giant Chief Wahoo emblem, towering over the proceedings and grinning through it all. On the negative side, the stadium’s lakeside location could make for some stiff breezes. After one gale-force evening on the mound, the Red Sox’s Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd exclaimed, “I’d say the wind was blowing 75 or 80 percent out there” — though, as he astutely added, “that’s what happens when you build a ballpark on the ocean.”

Fred Schwarz
New York, N.Y.

Correction

The photo of Memorial Stadium accompanying “Fields of Beauty” was incorrectly captioned as showing a World Series game in 1979. In fact, the photo shows a regular-season game during the 1982 season.

NR Editors includes members of the editorial staff of the National Review magazine and website.

In This Issue

Articles

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

Letters

Letters

After Harvey Mansfield's disinvitation from Concordia University, a professor writes in to NR to clarify. Plus, Fred Schwartz on baseball.
The Week

The Week

The Canadian newspaper the National Post reports, ‘Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost.’ Good news for Joe Biden.
Athwart

Girth Dearth

According to the Left, it is bad to stigmatize the mentally ill, but unless you have the proper opinions on social issues, you have a mental illness.

Most Popular

U.S.

This Is Why We Need Guns

‘Only the cops need guns” simply could not live forever alongside, “The cops are racist and will kill you.” And so, at long last, the two circles of the Venn Diagram have filed for an amicable divorce. In the end, the differences proved irreconcilable. At least, they proved irreconcilable without ... Read More
U.S.

This Is Why We Need Guns

‘Only the cops need guns” simply could not live forever alongside, “The cops are racist and will kill you.” And so, at long last, the two circles of the Venn Diagram have filed for an amicable divorce. In the end, the differences proved irreconcilable. At least, they proved irreconcilable without ... Read More
U.S.

The Lockdowns Are Now a Scandal

A boy in my neighborhood committed suicide a few weeks ago. It’s possible that the teen’s preexisting problems were exacerbated by the seclusion, tediousness, and helplessness of a national lockdown. Maybe not. I didn’t really know him. I do know that locals were forced to pay respects by sitting parked ... Read More
U.S.

The Lockdowns Are Now a Scandal

A boy in my neighborhood committed suicide a few weeks ago. It’s possible that the teen’s preexisting problems were exacerbated by the seclusion, tediousness, and helplessness of a national lockdown. Maybe not. I didn’t really know him. I do know that locals were forced to pay respects by sitting parked ... Read More
Elections

Good Riddance, Valerie Plame

In a week full of bad news, the defeat of Valerie Plame in a New Mexico Democratic congressional primary is easily overlooked. Had Plame won, she would have had a good chance of winning the seat, as the 3rd District is pretty heavily Democratic-leaning, scoring a D+8 in the Cook Partisan Voting Index. In ... Read More
Elections

Good Riddance, Valerie Plame

In a week full of bad news, the defeat of Valerie Plame in a New Mexico Democratic congressional primary is easily overlooked. Had Plame won, she would have had a good chance of winning the seat, as the 3rd District is pretty heavily Democratic-leaning, scoring a D+8 in the Cook Partisan Voting Index. In ... Read More
Science & Tech

About That Scary Hydroxychloroquine Study

Remember that scary hydroxychloroquine study in The Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine that everyone in the media was writing about a few weeks ago? It turns out that the underlying data were likely fake: A Guardian investigation can reveal the US-based company Surgisphere, whose handful of employees ... Read More
Science & Tech

About That Scary Hydroxychloroquine Study

Remember that scary hydroxychloroquine study in The Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine that everyone in the media was writing about a few weeks ago? It turns out that the underlying data were likely fake: A Guardian investigation can reveal the US-based company Surgisphere, whose handful of employees ... Read More

Biden as Paradox

It is now conventional punditry that should Joe Biden win in November, his vice president, in 1944-style, will sooner rather than later become president. Biden, to reboot and secure the identity-politics base, thought he had to discriminate by sex and race in advance by selecting his vice president. But given ... Read More

Biden as Paradox

It is now conventional punditry that should Joe Biden win in November, his vice president, in 1944-style, will sooner rather than later become president. Biden, to reboot and secure the identity-politics base, thought he had to discriminate by sex and race in advance by selecting his vice president. But given ... Read More
World

Welcome Home, Hong Kong

London doesn’t have the power to push the corrupt little junta in Beijing into being halfway decent to the people of Hong Kong, but Boris Johnson has a bold solution for almost half of those people: Come to the United Kingdom. Hong Kong is a former British territory, and about 3 million of its 7.5 million ... Read More
World

Welcome Home, Hong Kong

London doesn’t have the power to push the corrupt little junta in Beijing into being halfway decent to the people of Hong Kong, but Boris Johnson has a bold solution for almost half of those people: Come to the United Kingdom. Hong Kong is a former British territory, and about 3 million of its 7.5 million ... Read More