Less Confused

I’m a little less confused than I’ve been. In my post “Disagreeing with the Vote of No Confidence,” I was struck by the number 682 — the number of voters eligible to participate in last week’s FAS vote of no confidence in President...

More Insights from Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed published a piece about last week’s vote of no confidence this morning. The piece’s title, “‘No Confidence’ in the System,” captures its overall approach, which shifts attention away from the focus (and the ad...

Insights from Inside Higher Ed

The best recent piece that I’ve seen about NYU’s Global Network University is “Global Ambitions” by Elizabeth Redden, which was published on the Inside Higher Ed website on March 11. It’s well researched: Redden spoke with both proponents...

Less Disappointed in The Daily Beast

Another piece of recent journalism that I found profoundly disappointing was Anya Kamentz’s piece “Should Top U.S. Colleges Expand Overseas?” published online in The Daily Beast on March 5. If you look for the piece on the Beast website, you might...

It’s Time for Real Conversations

The 15th of March is over in Abu Dhabi as I write; it has about an hour left to go back in New York, where (the weather Channel website tells me) it’s presently 46 F with freezing rain and snow showers predicted for Saturday afternoon. Here in Abu Dhabi the sun...

Why I’m an Idiot

I’m writing this post in response to comments left on an earlier post (“Who’s Confused?”) by Richard Burt and an anonymous commentator. Mr. Burt is a professor at the University of Florida. He published his comment as a post on his personal...

Disappointed in The Atlantic

I find it sadly ironic that with all the talk back in the US about the infringement of free speech that’s ostensibly going on in Abu Dhabi, the institution that is supposed to protect free speech in the United States — the media — has been abusing...

Fallibilism, Once Again

IN DEFENSE OF JOHN SEXTON, PART 3 I’ve been thinking a little bit more about the video interview with John Sexton that appeared on the New York Times website. Here it is if you haven’t seen it: The video strikes me as clearly edited to make Sexton look...

Doing Something Right

IN DEFENSE OF JOHN SEXTON, PART 2 Meanwhile, the Times Higher Education website has issued its annual rankings of global universities. Although NYU isn’t yet among the six superpowers in global reputation — ¬≠Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute...

Who’s Confused?

IN DEFENSE OF JOHN SEXTON, PART I I received an e-mail from the NYU “Faculty Democracy” listserv with the provocative subject heading “Pres. Sexton loses grip with Times reporter.” Clicking on the link provided in the message, I was taken to a...

Disagreeing with the Vote of No Confidence

At 5:54 p.m. Gulf Standard Time, I received an e-mail from Helios Voting: As approved by a vote of the FAS faculty held on Dec. 13, 2012, the Faculty Senators of FAS is administering a vote on the proposition that “The Faculty of Arts and Science has no...

The Sultan and Me

Among some of my faculty colleagues in New York, NYU Abu Dhabi and the recreation of NYU as a Global Network University remain controversial, if not downright undesirable, projects. Some of my colleagues have gone so far as to engage in e-mail diatribes against those...