As described in my earlier post and a splendid Wall Street Journal piece by my colleague Lloyd Cohen, some members of the GMU faculty strenuously oppose the renaming of GMU School of Law after the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and the Faculty Senate has passed a resolution to that effect. The mau-mau artists have somehow managed to convey the impression that faculty opposition includes members of the law faculty. That is emphatically not so. As of May 12, the law faculty unanimously approved a resolution in support of the renaming, and in protest against the GMU Faculty Senate’s shameful agitation. Res…
The following remarks were the prepared text of remarks delivered to the George Mason University Faculty Senate during the deliberations on May 4, 2016 regarding a proposed Resolution by the Faculty Senate that expresses “Concerns” regarding the record $30 million gift received by the law school on the condition that law school bear the name of the late United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. These remarks were co-authored by Professors Todd Zywicki and Lloyd Cohen and delivered by Cohen to the body. The language of the proposed resolution is available here.
The proposed renaming of my law school—heretofore GMU School of Law, henceforth Antonin Scalia Law School—has met with resistance among faculty members elsewhere at GMU. My colleague Lloyd Cohen has described the contretemps and ably defended both Justice Scalia and the renaming decision in the Wall Street Journal.
What of the opposition?
In response to a recent post of mine, Mark Pulliam asks: “How and when did higher education administration in America become completely captured by knaves, fools, and cowards?” Great question. “Completely” doesn’t quite capture it: Purdue and Baylor and Hillsdale are run by responsible, courageous people. Conversely, Mark’s question doesn’t quite capture GMU. “Just last evening,” GMU President Cabrera breathed in his missive to the GMU “community,” a “racially offensive” picture was found in a residence hall that was “demeaning, dehumanizing, and unfit for our community.” That picture appears nearby. Nobody at GMU—not any students’ association, not nobody—has been able to…
Last Friday, the following missive (sent, I believe, to the entire George Mason University “community”) landed in my inbox:
Racism has no place at George Mason University.