Right-ear ad­van­tage

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In­side Higher Ed re­ported on re­cent cases in which univer­si­ties have en­sured that fig­ures from the Right speak on cam­pus, while speak­ers on the Left have been “cen­sored” by Right protests, in cases that “don’t quite fit” the dom­i­nant me­dia nar­ra­tive. The Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley spent $600,000 (£443,000) on se­cu­rity to en­sure that Ben Shapiro, a con­ser­va­tive writer, could speak on the cam­pus with­out be­ing dis­rupted. Mean­while, Har­vard re­scinded Chelsea Man­ning’s in­vi­ta­tion to be a vis­it­ing fel­low, and the Catholic Uni­ver­sity of Amer­ica re­voked a lec­ture in­vi­ta­tion to a priest whose book urges reach­ing out to gay and les­bian Catholics, both after protests from the Right. “I want to write a book ti­tled Snowflakes Fall Ev­ery­where,” said John K. Wil­son, one of the edi­tors of the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­sity Pro­fes­sors’ Academe blog.

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