Why I’m an Idiot

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

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

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

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?

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

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...