Anxiety About Wokeness Is Intellectual Weakness
Last week news outlets and social media were abuzz with the announcement of plans to establish a university dedicated to the “fearless pursuit of truth” and “forbidden courses.” The new school, the University of Austin — not to be confused with the fully accredited public University of Texas at Austin — is being created by a group of moderate and conservative intellectuals and writers who are frequently critical of what they see as groupthink on college campuses. Higher education, they argue, has been broken for a long time, and this school is an attempt to begin to fix it.
Originally published: November 18, 2021
Author: Michael S. Roth
Institution: Wesleyan University
Published by: The New York Times