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True Reason Campus Group Wouldn’t Co-Sponsor Conference on Rape

To the Editor:

Your article, “As Consent Rules Change, Big Questions Come to Surface” (The Chronicle, May 18), was balanced and timely. As organizer of the conference on which you reported, I would only make one correction: The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies declined to co-sponsor the conference not “because of a disagreement over how the speakers and topics would be selected,” but because, as the center’s director wrote, of “the nature of our constituency and the fact that we will not ha…

Real Threat to Research Access Is Stagnation of Public Funding

To the Editor:

Michael Satlow’s commentary, “Academic Publishing: Toward a New Model” (The Chronicle, May 18), proposed that the web could “transform academic publishing” by delegating peer review to professional societies. Like other scientists, I share his hopes for greatly widened accessibility of the scholarly literature, for lowered publishing costs and for improved research collaboration. But as a former leader of a scientific society deeply engaged in publishing and peer review, I que…

Worth Noting That Program for Riskiest Students Is Open to All Races

To the Editor:

One might get the impression from your article, “2 Colleges Build Better ‘Bridge’ to Ph.D.s for Minority Students” (The Chronicle, May 27), that the program discussed is open only to underrepresented minority students, but it is important for readers to know that this is not the case. According to the program’s executive director: “All students can apply. All races/ethnicities are represented in the program.”

That’s as it should be, and kudos to those running the program for rec…

Few, if Any, Historical Figures Would Hold Up to Current Standards

To the Editor:

Regarding the John C. Calhoun controversy at Yale (“Students Vent Frustrations as Yale Preserves Slavery Supporter’s Name,The Chronicle, April 29), it is heartening to note how far we have come that one of the largest racial controversies in American colleges today is the presence of a historical name on a building. Yes, John C. Calhoun supported slavery in the 1800’s. However, removing the names of every historical figure that held views unacceptable by the current standard w…

Restraint on Single-Gender Clubs Assaults Right to Free Association

To the Editor:

The blacklist at Harvard is a disgrace (“Harvard Will Bar Members of Single-Gender Clubs From Official Leadership Roles,The Chronicle, May 6). It assaults students’ right to free association. If these clubs are a problem there are ways within the legal system to deal with them. But to sacrifice a basic right for a questionable set of wimpy assumptions about the relations between men and women at Harvard is beyond grotesque. Apparently the decision to abolish Radcliffe was a mi…

Essay About Pressures Felt By Grad Students Neglects a Major One

To the Editor:

Kyle Vitale’s “How to Hope in Graduate School” (The Chronicle, May 9), rightly highlights the need for more open conversation about the psychological and professional pressures graduate students face.  I was disappointed, though, by its elision of one of the most important factors in graduate students’ and other aspiring academics’ professional prospects: economic security.

As Vitale points out, commentary on the plight of adjunct faculty and graduate-student labor has not been in…

Student Critical of Professors Should Have Been Asked Key Question

To the Editor:

I was a little surprised to read an interview with Jacob Wrasse (“Meet the Wisconsin Student Leader Who Just Told Professors to Grow Up,The Chronicle, May 11). Not because it was not timely and important, but because the interviewer did not ask Wrasse a basic question. If Wrasse believed that the Faculty Senate was being naïve in its handling of relationships with the President, the Board of Regents, and Wisconsin legislators — and that this naïveté would negatively impact…

Students Played Crucial Role in Peacefully Resolving ’69 Cornell Protest

To the Editor:

In a laudable effort to pull together many factors, your article succeeds in giving readers a number of significant insights regarding the April ’69 African American students’ takeover of Cornell University’s Willard Straight Hall and its aftermath (“Ripples From a Protest Past,The Chronicle, April 17.) However, though you allude to the thousands of supportive students who gathered in Barton Hall, you don’t make a much needed analytical effort regarding the impact of those stu…

There’s a Simple Way to Make Large Classes Feel Small

To the Editor:

Your recent article, “The TEDification of the Large Lecture” (The Chronicle, May 10), read like satire. The piece cataloged the lengths professors and institutions are willing to go to engage students in large classes — pouring what could only be several king’s ransoms into state-of-the-art facilities and high-tech studies — all for chasing that elusive “campfire feel.”  At no point in this ridiculous parade does anyone involved suggest the obvious: Perhaps the best way…

Higher Education Needs True Intellectual Diversity

To the Editor:

You are to be commended for seeking balanced reporting of diverse viewpoints in U.S. higher education. I read with great interest a brief report about a new program for “visiting scholars in conservative thought and policy” at University of Colorado at Boulder (“After 3 Years, U. of Colorado Deems Its Conservative Scholars Program a Success,The Chronicle, May 6). Alas, it is a conflicted article that mirrors a deeper crisis afflicting U.S. academe. You cite Steven Hayward and un…