EC16 FlyerEC16 FlyerPosted September 2, 2016, by Mary Grabar: I am honored to have been invited to speak at the Eagle Council on September 17, joining such distinguished conservatives as Phyllis Schlafly, John Bolton, Ben Carson, and David Horowitz. The council meets from Friday, September 16, to Sunday, September 18, and is an annual event of Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum.

I will be discussing "Common Core's Effects on Higher Education" on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. It's a topic I've written about extensively for the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research (on Arne Duncan's legacy of "competency-based education" and "social and emotional learning"; through "free" community colleges, and "K-16" Common Core standards) and at the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy ("Common Core is coming to your college")

For a full schedule of speakers and events, please go here. I hope to see you there!

Zulu DivinersZulu DivinersZulus and Liberals (and, No, This Isn't Racist) by Malcolm Allen, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and a longtime commiserater with and supporter of Dissident Prof, as well as contributor to Exiled: Stories from Conservative and Moderate Professors Who Have Been Ridiculed, Ostracized, Marginalized, Demonized, and Frozen Out. British spellings have been retained--Mary Grabar, Posted August 22, 2016

In odd moments I am reading Donald R. Morris’s The Washing of the Spears (1965), the helpful subtitle of which is The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation. no less helpfully tells us that “this unsurpassed history details the sixty-year existence of the world’s mightiest African empire—from its brutal formation and zenith under the military genius Shaka (1787-1828), through its inevitable collision with white expansionism, to its dissolution under Cetshwayo in the [Anglo-]Zulu War of 1879.”

Read more: Zulus and Liberals 

ZunacZunacPosted by Mary Grabar, July 25, 2016: Recently, we talked with Mark Zunac, editor of Literature and the Conservative Ideal, which features eight essays covering the state of the academy, the conservative critical tradition, reviving the canon, and non-canonical texts (including one by yours truly on George Schuyler), as well as an introduction by Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English at Emory University and author of The Dumbest Generation

Mark Zunac, Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Marquette University Ph.D. 2008), teaches multiple levels of composition as well as early modern and Victorian British literature.  His primary research interests are "writing, revolution, and the rise of intellectual conservatism following the French Revolution." 

How did your interest in literature and conservatism begin?

My interest in literature and conservatism stems in part from my general research area of the British counterrevolution during the 1790s and early 1800s. Yet having worked in higher education for nearly a decade, I have noticed with more frequency the influence of politics on the humanities, as well as on higher education generally.

Read more: Literature and the Conservative Ideal: An Interview with Editor Mark Zunac

inspiration for much scholarly analysesinspiration for much scholarly analysesPosted July 1, 2016, by Mary Grabar: Dissident Prof believes that the politicization of education (such as the implementation of Common Core for which we were targeted by the IRS) is a legitimate topic of criticism for an education non-profit. We have noticed that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has inspired countless "analyses," ranging from psychological profiles to comparisons of segregationists and fascists, by professors at tax-exempt universities, without equivalent investigations of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

This is one of the many ways that tax and tuition dollars are being mis-used. Scholars cannot be bothered to go beyond simple praise for a potential "historic" first-female president but engagie in smear campaigns against Trump. Students are encouraged to participate in Democratic-aligned civic engagement activities, and of course are subjected to subtle and not-so-subtle comments in class. It does not even end at commencement, for that is where highly paid celebrities and the first lady continue the politicking.

Read more: Contraries: Scholars on Trump


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