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.Posted by Mary Grabar, July 25, 2016: Recently, we talked with Mark Zunac, editor of
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.
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.Posted 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
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.
The Hill. Koskinen, who replaced the notorious Lois Lerner, continued her pattern of lying and obfuscation.Posted June 17, 2016, by Mary Grabar and Jane Robbins: This week the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed a resolution to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, "furthering the GOP-led push for his impeachment," according to
In May 2013, when Lerner was "apologizing" for targeting conservative groups, we were expecting the response promised us three months after our February 2013 application date. Ms. Lerner apparently was not that sorry because our application was held up another year. My blow-by-blow (short version) account of being in the IRS net appeared in PJ Media yesterday: "Here's How the IRS Treated Me Because I'm Conservative" (and was picked up at the Capital Research Center; you should subscribe). Stacey Dash sent out a Twitter blast too. My interview about my experience will air on USA Radio News throughout the weekend.
In Good Company. That's one consolation for being on the IRS Enemies List. Dissident Prof board member Jane Robbins, who is senior fellow at the American Principles Project, points out that Citizen Impact, which fights for religious liberty, also appeared on the list.
class action lawsuit against the IRS.Posted June 10, 2016, by Mary Grabar: This week, Dissident Prof had the honor of being among such luminaries as the Wetumpka (Alabama) Tea Party and NorCal Tea Party Patriots, as well as tea parties in such places as Clark Valley, Clinton County, Dallas, Dayton, Dupage, and with the Conservative Roundtable of Texas, and Conservative Women for a Better Future, a total of 426 organizations designated by the IRS as having the wrong "viewpoint" for non-profit status. Our applications for 501(c)(3) status were "flagged" and held up. We were subjected to extra scrutiny when the IRS did respond. Dissident Prof is a plaintiff in the
After being stonewalled for over a year, we at Dissident Prof were asked to jump to and justify our stance on, among other things, but primarily, Common Core. I had to account for every penny spent since I started with my own funds while working as a college instructor. The IRS did everything short of scouring the files in my office in the basement of my house where I spent hours and hours writing and setting up the organization.
Melissa Click: One Bad Professor Fired, Thousands More to Go," at The Federalist. The ex-professor does have her allies, including Spike Lee, who made a movie about the protests last fall and the Chronicle of Higher Education. (This is despite the fact that Click claimed that she was fired because she is a white lady.) The American Association of University Professors has also come to the aid of the Lady Gaga scholar. They visited the campus in March and just released their report that concluded (surprise and drum roll) that Dr. Click did not receive due process and was fired for political reasons. At their meeting in June, they will take a vote on whether the university should be placed on its "censure list," along with such other institutions as Hillsdale College, Grove City College, and the University of Southern Maine.Posted May 20, 2016, by Mary Grabar: Melissa Click, the bullying professor despised by most Americans, as many of you know, has been fired from her post at the University of Missouri. She is the symptom of the problem: arrogant professors who feel unbeholden to their employers, as I described in my article, "
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