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NAS’s Bowdoin College Project

The National Association of Scholars has launched a new webpage dedicated to its study of Bowdoin College. It will feature a series of “contextualizing observations” in the weeks leading up to its publication of a full report; the first such installment is available here. The entertaining origins of this effort will be familar to PBC readers, and can be read about here  and here and here. Congratulations to NAS on what promises to be an important case study of political correctness.

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