Our Own Nick Rosenkranz Running for Yale Trustee "to Protect Free Speech, Intellectual Diversity"

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|The Volokh Conspiracy |

So reports The College Fix (Christopher Tremoglie): Nick, a leading constitutional law scholar at Georgetown, is also the cofounder of Heterodox Academy. I've known Nick for years, and think he will make an excellent trustee, though, alas, I've been cruelly disenfranchised from voting for him (since I'm not actually a Yale graduate). If you are a Yale graduate, though, submit your signature to get him on the final ballot, via Alumni for Excellence at Yale.


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  1. Done. I doubt, however, that any individual trustee could accomplish much so long as Salovey is president.

    1. If you don’t like mainstream liberal-libertarian schools, feel free to choose a conservative-controlled school such as Wheaton, Liberty, Hillsdale, Regent, or Ouachita Baptist.

      1. 1 Samuel 13:20.

        1. Knowledge Is Good

          — Emil Faber, founder

  2. Any relation to Rosecrans Baldwin the novelist, or to Union general William Rosecrans?

  3. I wish I could, but I went to the OTHER college. But if you ever hear of a sensible person who wants to run for the Harvard Board, let me know. They really need help.

  4. The article quotes Rosenkranz as saying:

    “I have heard from many alumni who love Yale but who share my concerns that the faculty has become too intellectually homogeneous and that the culture on campus has become distinctly hostile to heterodox opinions and to freedom of speech.”

    I did not realize he was such a post-modernist. I suppose it’s refreshing to see a legal scholar admit there is no such thing as truth with regards to law and that law review articles are just opinion pieces.

    1. Post-modern? Like Morris Cohen and Karl Llewellyn?

    2. One needn’t be a fuzzy-thinking post-modernist to say such things. Since your moniker suggests an interest in physics, you may recall that Lee Smolin has expressed concern about the excessive dominance of string theorists in the physics community, and also about the difficulties faced by younger physicists who want to pursue novel research directions due to the excessive control which older physicists such as himself have over funding, journals, etc.

      1. I doubt the concerns alumni expressed to Rosenkrantz had a lot to do with the direction of research in the Physics Department.

        1. Similarly, I doubt the push to have strong schools emulate weak ones by hiring more conservatives is accompanied by a corresponding push to have weak (conservative-controlled) schools follow the path of strong institutions by hiring fewer conservatives.

          This is partisanship, not principle.

          1. Was Yale a “liberal/libertarian school” before 1970? I ask because, according to this 1970 article in the New York Times, “Parietal regulations were…officially eliminated for the first time this year.”


            Not to mention that women weren’t allowed as students until the late 1960s.

            Since one of the characteristics of backwards, can’t-keep-up campuses is “old-timey” restrictions on student conduct, can we safely assume Yale was backward before 1970?

            1. That is your effort to persuade people to reject the conclusions that (1) conservatives do not run our strongest colleges and universities, (2) nearly all of the campuses controlled by conservatives are low-quality, censorship-riddled yahoo farms, and (3) those points are related?

              1. You left out one of the items on your usual list of backwards qualities – you generally list “old-timey conduct codes.”

                You seem to think that’s relevant – explain how it was OK when Yale did it, or alternatively how Yale managed to overcome the burden of such codes and achieve its modern greatness.

  5. Fixing a university through its governance is a waste of time and money. It is an old idea from the 90’s and never really worked all that well to begin with. The communists took it from the ground up. The only way to take it back is by doing the same. Maybe have some friendly leaders at the top would aid in the effort, but just focusing on the top is a failed tactic. I think even the good people at ACTA have finally figured that out.

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