Conservative Commentator David Horowitz Speaks On Liberal Bias In Denison Convocation
Posted: February 18, 2002
GRANVILLE - Denison University will host former campus radical and current conservative commentator David Horowitz discussing "You Can't Get a Complete Education if You're Only Taught Half the Story." This Denison Lecture Series convocation, set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 26) in Swasey Chapel, is free and open to the public. Horowitz will address freedom of speech on college campuses and the liberal bias that overwhelms many universities.
Horowitz recently released a survey of Ivy League professors that he says reveals professors to be far out of step with the rest of the American public. The survey was prompted by the protests spawned last year when Horowitz attempted to take out advertisements questioning the campaign for reparations for slavery in several campus newspapers. He argues that the new survey reveals a political bias in the hiring of faculty members and "confirms what I have been studying for years - that our universities are less intellectually free than they were even in the McCarthy era."
The survey, conducted by telephone in November (2001) questioned 151 professors and has a margin of error of plus or minus eight percentage points according to a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Scott Smallwood. Only professors in the humanities and social sciences were surveyed because that's where the bias exists says Horowitz. The survey was conducted by Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster for the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, which Horowitz operates. Some disciplines were overrepresented in the survey. For instance, 11 percent of the respondents were philosophy professors. By comparison, at Harvard University philosophy professors make up about one-half of one percent of the faculty.
Horowitz is best known for his lifelong intellectual and political journey from a radical activist in the 1960s to a crusader against the corrosive effects of the '60s leftism on modern American culture. He earned a bachelor's degree (1959) from Columbia University and a master's degree (1961) from University of California, Berkeley. During the 60s he became a leader of the New Left and edited Ramparts magazine, an influential left-wing journal.
Horowitz and his partner, Peter Collier, co-authored a series of best-selling biographies in the 1970s on prominent American families such as the Rockefellers, Kennedys, Fords and Roosevelts. He is the author of numerous other books including:The Politics of Bad Faith; Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes; The Art of Political War; his autobiography,Radical Son;and his latest book,Uncivil Wars,set to be published this year. Horowitz received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978 and the Teach Freedom Award from former president Ronald Reagan in 1990. Horowitz is the president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, created by him in 1988.
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