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A Barrier and an Alternative

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Submitted by Robert Lewit (United States), Feb 19, 2013 at 14:45

My first thought is that it would take a tough guy to come into a faculty generally opposed to his presence and potentially in control of his academic assignments. The faculty obstacles could only be overcome with a very senior person whose contract with the administration gives him clear carte blanche. How do we hire and protect the young guys who are so frequently rejected with the admonition that "they would not be collegial."

I am sure you are familiar with the James Madison Program at Princeton or the Alexander Hamilton Institute at Hamilton where alumni donors funded an already present sympathetic senior faculty member to build an independent academic center with no administrative or faculty control. These present still another model for change.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

You are right that it would take a tough prof to go into a setting where he is not welcome. But such is the lot of existing pro-Israel and conservative faculty and they usually manage.

Yes, the Madison and Hamilton programs are great; I see this idea as a complement to them.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
A Barrier and an Alternative [124 words]
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Robert LewitFeb 19, 2013 14:45203656
Out of Control Charity [87 words]Eugene Patrick DevanyFeb 16, 2013 12:35203562
Billions [49 words]ChaimFeb 16, 2013 02:05203555
Universities Insensitive towards Jewish Conservatives in Israel and the U.S. [14 words]Rex BouvierFeb 15, 2013 18:06203541
great idea, Daniel Pipes [100 words]Christopher GameFeb 15, 2013 00:52203523
Excellente idée, Daniel Pipes ! [142 words]Anne-Marie Delcambre de ChampvertFeb 16, 2013 20:18203523
SmartUniversity Giving [26 words]Dannel R. BallesterosFeb 14, 2013 21:33203516
2money buys antisemitism. [151 words]batya daganFeb 14, 2013 21:33203515
Institutional giving [19 words]C PageFeb 14, 2013 17:57203505
why not have the donor start a foundation, invite proposals and give grants to the scholars he/she prefers? [10 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
An academicFeb 14, 2013 17:13203504
Stopping university pickpocketing [100 words]Edward ClineFeb 14, 2013 16:46203502
Our universities sold their soul to the devil [36 words]NuritGFeb 14, 2013 16:35203501
Time to find some other university [68 words]Doris DarvasiFeb 14, 2013 16:35203500
Liberalism rules Academia - there is no hope for change or even slowing down liberal progressivieism [194 words]MDAFeb 14, 2013 15:46203499

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