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  • National Post The Enemy Within the “Safe Spaces” of Jews on campus Friday May 27th, 2016
    Academia is awash in social justice warriors (SJW). There are SJW consumed with racism, gender and Islamophobia, but the issue that looms largest and most relentlessly on all campuses with a sizable Jewish population is anti-Zionism. A demonstration of one’s unnuanced hostility to Israel coupled with unconditional sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians has become something of ...
  • National Post The link between BDS and Jew hatred on campus Tuesday March 22nd, 2016
     In a Feb. 25 Facebook post, McGill student Molly Harris recounted her experience in a “Rez (residence) Project” workshop, a (mandatory) three-hour discussion on “oppression, privilege, consent and race” designed to create a “safe space” for fellow dorm students. Molly described an incident when, singled out negatively for being Jewish, she f...
  • National Post The rise of the “activersity” Tuesday March 1st, 2016
    lang: en_US 5 inShare It’s an uphill job, the campus social justice circuit. It isn’t just a matter of showing up with some signs and megaphones and hollering, maybe disrupting the odd speech with a little horn-blowing or firebell-ringing. It takes organization and passion and energy. Most of all it takes time. ...
  • National Post Campus anti-Semitism looks to instill hatred for the long term Tuesday February 16th, 2016
    At McGill University, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) zombie has returned. For the third time in less than two years (and the fifth time in seven years), anti-Zionist crusaders are on the warpath. A motion calls on the Students Society of McGill University at their winter general assembly on Feb. 22 “to support any (BDS) campaigns on campus and to pressure the McG...
  • National Post More road kill on the highway of white privilege Tuesday November 10th, 2015
    It’s too bad “white privilege” can’t be packaged up and sold. Otherwise young white males hoping for a future in academia might be able to sell theirs on eBay, and give themselves a fighting chance at a career. Because there’s no longer any guarantee that competence, liberalism and a clean record will protect you when aggrieved students need a hand...
  • National Post Quebec’s student radicals put their irresponsibility on parade Thursday April 16th, 2015
    For most university students, spring means exams and the search for a summer job. Amongst a certain cadre of Quebec students – a few hundred out of Quebec’s student body of 44,000 – warmer air is an invitation to ratchet up the political activism that preoccupies them in every season. This spring’s activism revolves around the question of whether or not students, ...
  • National Post Universities are teaching students what to think, not how to think Wednesday March 11th, 2015
    Every year at this time I am privileged to appear as a guest lecturer for my friend Adam Daifallah’s course on the history of conservative thought at McGill University. Below are lightly edited excerpts from tonight’s lecture. In his essay, “What are universities for?” philosopher Leszek Kolakowski writes: “The greatest danger is the invasion o...
  • National Post AMCHA’s valiant defence of Israel Friday November 7th, 2014
    Global anti-Semitism is on the rise. Ground zero for the propagation of anti-Semitism is the university. On campuses everywhere, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement is allegedly directed at Israel, not Jews. But to rational observers, the disclaimer has become increasingly untenable. Hammering multiple nails into the canard’s coffin is a new book of essays on the im...
  • National Post Keeping our campuses Israel-friendly Friday April 11th, 2014
    At a 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) last week, Ryerson University’s student union joined a number of other provincial student unions — 10, according to organizers — in voting “overwhelmingly in favour” of supporting a boycott, divestment and sanctions policy (BDS) against Israel. The resolution is largely symbolic, giving the unions moral authority ...
  • National Post On American campuses, Hamas’ well-educated cheering squad Wednesday January 8th, 2014
    In his response to a boycott resolution endorsed by the 5,000-member American Studies Association (ASA) against Israel’s institutes of higher learning, Alan Dershowitz recalled a notoriously anti-Semitic early 20th century president of Harvard University, A. Lawrence Lowell. When asked why he singled Jews out for quotas, Lowell responded, “Jews cheat.” The redoubtable J...
  • National Post University of Toronto ‘values’ are OK on orgies, but not an Olympian-producing rifle club Friday January 18th, 2013
    Yesterday I wrote a post here criticizing the University of Toronto’s Sexual Education Centre (SEC) for its active collaboration in a sex orgy at Toronto’s Oasis Aqua Lounge, a water-themed swingers club, where full nudity, group sex and voyeurism thereof is permitted “everywhere but the hot tub.” I suggested that the SEC call themselves by their rightful name: &ldquo...
  • National Post University of Toronto’s Pimps-R-Us program offers discounts to sex party Wednesday January 16th, 2013
    The University of Toronto, you will be edified to know, is “kicking off its annual Sexual Awareness Week” next Monday at a downtown Toronto club, the Oasis Aqua Lounge, where swingers are welcome. Facilitating the adventure is the university’s Sexual Education Centre (SEC), which arranged for students to pay only $5 a person instead of the $40 per person Oasis usually charg...
  • National Post The face of Identity Studies on campus Wednesday September 5th, 2012
    Academics I trust assure me the scourge of political correctness in the universities is on the wane. Specifically, I’ve been told by an English literature professor at one Canadian university, and a PhD history candidate at another, that their respective departments are abandoning the impenetrable jargon of postmodernism and returning to the scholastic sobriety of yore. Encouraging...
  • National Post Higher education needs a rethink Wednesday June 6th, 2012
    Nobody can predict the end game in the never-ending Quebec protest against tuition hikes. It can’t be good either way: frozen tuition means the province is being run by mobs; tuition hikes will keep resentment smoldering, but won’t make a real dent in the true costs of a university education. Whatever happens, we may as well use the debacle as inspiration for a badly-needed r...
  • National Post Barbara Kay shares her ‘feelings’ about Israel Apartheid Week Thursday March 15th, 2012
      Members of the Jewish Defence League protest a public forum on Israel Apartheid in Toronto last year. You've all heard of "Israel Apartheid Week." But how about Israel Peace Week (IPW)? IPW is an initiative by Hasbara Fellowships, a training program that teaches students to counter anti-Israel propaganda with a positive message, summed up in its motto: "A...
  • National Post The problem with Christ on campus Wednesday November 2nd, 2011
    Barbara Kay, National Post · Nov. 2, 2011 | Last Updated: Nov. 2, 2011 3:07 AM ET Canadian liberals are forever fear-mongeringabouttheinfluence of evangelical Christians on Stephen Harper's government. But in truth, the Canadian Evangelical lobby is small compared to its American counterpart, which has fuelled both the Moral Majority and the Tea Party. Hundr...
  • National Post Taking a closer look at Islamic Studies Wednesday October 19th, 2011
     Barbara Kay, National Post · Oct. 19, 2011 | Last Updated: Oct. 19, 2011 3:09 AM ET As an academic discipline, Islamic Studies had a political father and a spiritual mother. Political in that colonizing governments sought to understand the peoples they ruled over for more effective control. Spiritual in that Christian missionaries needed to understand Isl...
  • National Post The astonishing irrationality of the micro-censors Wednesday January 12th, 2011
    'All modern literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn," said Ernest Hemingway, himself no slouch at aesthetic innovation. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has always provoked public consternation. When first published in 1885, libraries wouldn't carry it because of Huck's bad grammar! (Mark Twain pioneered the now-commonplace technique ...
  • National Post A tale of two quotas Wednesday November 24th, 2010
    Barbara Kay, National Post · Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 In an op-ed published in Monday's National Post -- titled, Too Jewish then, too Asian now -- cultural critic Jeet Heer accused Maclean's magazine of publishing an article that was "disgracefully xenophobic." The Maclean's writers' crime? Expressing frank concern that...
  • National Post Who doesn't have an honorary doctorate? Wednesday June 9th, 2010
    It's convocation season. Although not de rigeur, university convocation keynote speakers usually receive an honorary doctorate as well. Which means they are ... well, what nowadays does it mean? Between Oxford University's first honorary doctorate awarded to the Bishop of Salisbury in the 15th century, and Southampton College at Long Island's 20th century Honorary Docto...
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