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William Jacobson: What Happened to Campus?

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“I’m not optimistic at all that campuses can be reformed. They certainly cannot be reformed from within…Academia is gone. It is a monoculture. It is a hermetically sealed bubble.”

On November 9th, the day after the 2022 midterm elections were held, William Jacobson, a professor at Cornell Law School and the founder of the blog Legal Insurrection, joined Merion West‘s Erich Prince to reflect on the election results and to discuss the state of free expression on college campuses. In addition to overseeing Legal Insurrection, Jacobson recently spearheaded the creation of Critical Race Training in Education, which aims to track the proliferation of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and the extent to which they are manifesting in elite private schools, in higher education, in medical schools, and in military schools. During their conversation, Jacobson narrates some of his own experiences witnessing the impact of these initiatives at Cornell University, the role that financial incentives and accreditation bodies play in agitating for their further adoption, and whether or not he is optimistic that things, at this juncture, could still be reversed.

This interview appears in video form:

Erich J. Prince is the editor of Merion West. Erich has contributed to a variety of publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Hartford Courant, The News & Observer, the Orlando Sentinel, and The Hill. He studied political science at Yale, completing his thesis on polarization in the United States Congress.

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