On March 2, leftist protestors disrupted an event at Middlebury College, where Dr. Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute gave a speech. During the subsequent riots, Allison Stanger, a professor who interviewed Murray at the event, was hospitalized after a protestor pulled her hair and twisted her neck. As Erielle Davidson wrote in The Daily Wire, Laurie L. Patton, the President of Middlebury College, slammed the attacks against both Murray and Stanger and expressed a commitment to open discourse.
Today our community begins the process of addressing the deep and troubling divisions that were on display last night. I am grateful to those who share this goal and have offered to help. We must find a path to establishing a climate of open discourse as a core Middlebury value, while also recognizing critical matters of race, inclusion, class, sexual and gender identity, and the other factors that too often divide us. That work will take time, and I will have more to say about that in the days ahead.
While the tide subsides over this dark chapter at Middlebury, it calls the question of why many leftist students felt compelled not only to disrupt Murray’s speech, but also to rationalize the use of violence to combat ideas that they did not agree with. Out of curiosity, Christina Hoff Sommers, one of Dr. Murray’s colleagues at the American Enterprise Institute, shared a few tweets on her thoughts about the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies curriculum at Middlebury.
My favorite course in Middlebury
Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Program: Feminist Blogging. pic.twitter.com/17bkRfBFXP
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) March 8, 2017
The Gender Studies program at Middlebury College. Oy vey.
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) March 8, 2017
Upon further examination, The Daily Wire found several courses taught at the liberal arts college that were found to be categorically insane. Here are the top five worst courses from the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies department followed by their descriptions:
1. Feminist Blogging
Blogging is a genre that lends itself to both feminist theory and practice because it involves writing from a particular place and a particular embodiment, about how power operates in our social worlds. Feminist theory demands intersectionality: an ability to weave race, class, gender, sexuality and other forms of power into a single theoretical approach. Feminist blogging transforms intersectionality into a single narrative arc. In this course we will think about blogging as a genre and how feminist theory can infuse that genre into a more vibrant, complex, and even transformative site. Throughout the course we will read feminist theory, analyze feminist blogs, and produce our own feminist blogs.
2. The Qu’ran and the Feminist Subject
How was the Qur’an compiled, and who was involved in that process? What does the Qur’an say about Muhammad and the early community of believers? Why is it so difficult to approach? While considering the answers to these questions, we will explore the socio-cultural context in which the Qur’an was revealed and its similarities and differences with the Bible. We will also discuss major themes and concepts of the Qur’an and the various ways they have been interpreted by different Muslim communities throughout history.
3. White People
White people are often invisible when it comes to having a race. In this course we will begin by considering the formation of whiteness in post Civil War America. We will read histories of whiteness, such as Grace Elizabeth Hale’s Making Whiteness, as well as consider important milestones in whiteness, from the films Birth of a Nation and Gone With The Wind to the blog “What White People Like.” Finally we will use essays, blogs, photographs, and videos to make white people at Middlebury visible by documenting how they represent themselves through language, dress, and rituals.
4. Queering Food: Race, Place, and Social Justice
In this course we will examine food studies, politics, and movements through the lenses of queer, feminist, and critical theory (including work that centralizes gender, class, race, disability, sexuality, and place). In doing so, we will consider dominant and subaltern approaches to food both within the U.S. and transnationally. Throughout, we will explore how critical theory can offer alternative conceptualizations of food politics and justice, as well as how an analysis of food might expand our understandings of embodied subjectivities and the various social structures that produce them.
5. Feminist Epistemologies
In recent years, feminist epistemologies, such as feminist standpoint theories and feminist empiricisms, have been extremely influential in developing social theories of knowledge. They have also served as a crucial intellectual tool for feminist theorists trying to understand the connections between social relations of gender and the production of knowledge and ignorance. In this course we will investigate some of the major themes and challenges of feminist epistemologies and feminist philosophies of science: How is knowledge socially situated? What does it mean to look at knowledge through a gendered lens? How is objective knowledge possible according to feminist epistemologies? We will work to understand the influence of feminist epistemologies in contemporary philosophy. We will also consider how feminist epistemologies have guided research on gendered and raced relations.
“White people are often invisible when it comes to having a race.”
Middlebury College’s Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies course catalog
For $64,332 a year, some Middlebury students will take such asinine courses and receive a college degree for it. Despite the exorbitant price, these ridiculous “scholarly” departments are cheapening the worth of a Bachelor’s degree.