Activism is inefficient way to make change

February 21, 2006
It was Lord Douglas Hurd, the onetime British foreign secretary, who first got me thinking about the role of activism on campus. During a dinner with students, Lord Hurd remarked — with the curmudgeonly disdain befitting of a Tory peer — on the proliferation of activist groups in all Western countries over the past generation »

Sharon’s stroke left vacuum, opportunity

January 13, 2006
When Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a major stroke on Jan. 4, the entire complexion of Israeli politics changed, probably forever. Although Sharon may partially recover, his political career is almost certainly over. With Sharon’s departure from the historical stage, the hold of Israel’s founding generation on its politics is coming to an end; today, »

A note to prospective graduate students

November 7, 2005
As the fall semester grinds along, I find myself having conversations with a number of acquaintances thinking of applying to graduate school. I have come away from these conversations with the impression that undergrads, even seniors at big research universities such as Yale, tend to have only a fuzzy idea of what distinguishes graduate school »

GESO should stick to graduate issues

October 11, 2005
Last Friday’s Yale Daily News ran a story about the Graduate Employees and Students Organization leading a protest against Yale’s investment in a private prison corporation (“GESO blasts Yale holdings,” 10/07). It seems strange to me that GESO’s first newsworthy activity at Yale this year has nothing at all to do with graduate students, the »

Putting an end to Constitution worship

September 22, 2005
This past Saturday was something called “Constitution Day,” though, except for some obnoxious fliers around campus put up by the Orwellian-sounding Committee for Freedom, you can be forgiven for not knowing that. Constitution Day is a new quasi-holiday foisted upon us by Congress at the behest of Sen. Robert Byrd to force schools receiving public »

Yalie to advise Bush on bioethics

January 31, 2002
When President George W. Bush appointed the 17 members of his new Council of Bioethics Jan. 16, one of those he turned to was Stephen Carter LAW ’79. The Yale law professor will serve on the committee as it advises Bush on stem cell research, human cloning, and other issues involving the ethical implications of »