culture war

  • Amid Anti-Woke Panic, Interdisciplinary Programs Inherently Vulnerable

    by Timothy Messer-Kruse

    Because standards of academic freedom like those of the AAUP tie that freedom to expertise within recognized professional communities of scholars, those doing interdisciplinary work and working in programs like ethnic studies have less institutional protection against charges that they are engaged in politics rather than scholarship. 

  • 1776 vs. 1619: Hillsdale College Enters the History Wars

    by Adam Hochshild

    If conservatives are against "woke" history education, what, exactly, are they for? There's much to be learned from the curriculum created by the Michigan christian college, which presents a jarring contrast with the themes presented in the new Hulu documentary series based on Nikole Hannah-Jones's 1619 Project. 

  • "Woke" Indoctrination of Students is a Myth

    by Glenn C. Altschuler and David Wippman

    There is virtually no evidence that liberal professors are successfully indoctrinating students, or that they're even trying. But the myth is behind a host of measures that threaten higher education. 

  • Laws Like Florida Will Put Burden of Purposeful Ignorance on University Teachers

    by Donald Earl Collins

    University faculty who don't feel affected by the fight to take issues of race, gender and sexuality out of the K-12 curriculum need to be prepared for students who have been trained to think of ignorance as praiseworthy, part of a campaign to make it too exhausting for teachers to bother fighting that ignorance. 

  • DeSantis's War on "Woke" Evokes Darkest Parts of Florida's History

    by Carol Anderson

    Calling DeSantis's agenda a "culture war" obscures the fact that is in fact a war against the marginalized, an effort to narrow the definition of who counts as a Floridian and whom the state will serve and protect, with the right to vote at the center. 

  • Florida Professor: I was Fired for Teaching about Racism

    Although Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private and Christian institution, English instructor Sam Joeckel says that a parent's complaint to the administration that led to his firing goes hand in hand with the efforts of Ron DeSantis to attack higher education in Florida to advance his "anti-woke" crusade. 

  • Moral Panics Around the Humanities Reflect Long-Developing Paradigm Shift

    by Steven Mintz

    The ferocity of attacks on the humanities and academic research as "indoctrination" reflect the recent integration of ideas with long histories in academia into highly visible protest movements. Can humanists connect newer thinking to the established concerns of the humanities for understanding justice or the good life? 

  • Vincent Lloyd: What's Gone Wrong with Antiracist Politics

    The Villanova professor explains the incidents that led him to ask whether a center-right critique of antiracist rhetoric and discursive rules has some justification, and how a broader coalition against domination can be rescued from some censorious excesses.

  • Organization of American Historians Statement on AP African American Studies

    "The OAH further rejects the characterization of these scholars and their scholarship as examples of “woke indoctrination,” and instead recognize them as central to the interdisciplinary research and teaching of African American history and culture, as well as American history more broadly."

  • Ilya Shapiro and Chris Rufo Urge State Legislators to Force Colleges to Change

    by Ilya Shapiro and Christopher Rufo

    Two prominent critics of "wokeness" and "critical race theory" in higher education lay out their suggestions for how state legislators can enact the changes they want to see in public colleges and universities—outside of changes to the curriculum.