Smith college today

This woman sounds like a parody, but not by much: Smith presidency offers a bully pulpit . Carol Christ, the college’s new president, thinks that “equity and access are some of the key issues facing American higher education.” She’ll therefore be pushing for colleges to bring more gender balance to their faculties, especially in the sciences. “She hopes to leverage the Smith experience to advocate for expanded hiring of women on science faculties nationwide.” Good for her! The academy, after all, must stand for something, and “diversity” is the only possible principle to stand for today, so she’s just doing what every college president has to do. The only problem I can see is the tedium of it, but someone has to be willing to mouth these things, so if Carol’s willing to do it I think we all owe her a debt of gratitude.

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