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Vox calamity: Professing violence

August 24. 2017 10:42PM

Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon was right to denounce a visiting professor’s support for political violence.

How did an academic atrocity like Mark Bray end up in Hanover in the first place?

Bray received a doctorate in modern European and women’s and gender history from Rutgers last year. That apparently qualified him to be a history lecturer this summer at the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth.

While not facilitating gender engagement, or whatever leftwing babble passes for instruction these days, Bray was encouraging violent political confrontations. In a series of interviews, Bray defended the anarchist Antifa movement’s attempts to turn protests into violent confrontations, arguing that such tactics are justified to shut down fascism and white supremacy. He says it’s self-defense.

Hanlon says, “the endorsement of violence in any form is contrary to Dartmouth values.”

Good for him. Bray’s embarrassing behavior shines a spotlight on the leftwing extremism festering within academia. Parents pay thousands for leftwing radicals to spread their propaganda. Students graduate with mountains of debt, and a skewed view of history.

Hanlon should take this opportunity to consider just what pseudointellectual departments like gender studies are adding to the Dartmouth experience.

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