MEDANSKY: Honoring speech?
Even in the clearest of cases, a kind of murkiness can emerge when we wonder what it really means to “honor” the expression of others.
MEDANSKY: Tomorrow’s moon
It strikes me as somewhat ironic that NASA, once a testament to sustained national cooperation, has come to symbolize the gridlock of government shutdown.
MEDANSKY: The Ball in Salovey’s court
I hesitate to call this weekend’s inauguration a paradigm for inclusivity. Instead, the administration has spun its imperfect, yet benign ceremony into a shaky symbol for a democratic Yale.
MEDANSKY: The neutral Internet
The Internet surprises me every day, and this time, Facebook’s the culprit. When she used Facebook to invite friends to her 16th birthday party, Dutch teenager Merthe Weusthuis opened a Pandora’s box of virtual catastrophes. Weusthuis forgot to mark her party — a small affair at her home in Haren, Groningen — as private. Her »
MEDANSKY: Broadening the liberal arts
The students of the journalism program, however, recieved a slightly different explanation. In a letter to the students, the program’s director, Hank Klibanoff, recounted his experiences at a recent meeting where Foreman alerted him of the program’s fate. Journalism is “viewed by many at Emory as a ‘pre-professional program’ and therefore as ‘not an easy »
MEDANSKY: Don’t begrudge happiness
Back in 1960, the famed Objectivist author Ayn Rand came to New Haven to deliver a lecture at Yale. Ever the harbinger of controversy and debate — are you listening, Rick Santorum? — our dear Alisa Rosenbaum drew quite the crowd, with students from both Yale College and the professional schools packing the auditorium of »
MEDANSKY: Honor without a code
There’s a problem with cheating in the Ivy League, and Dartmouth students want to fix it. They’ve proposed an honor code that will obligate students not only to confess to their own academic transgressions but to reveal the dishonestly of others, too. Their proposal has created a wave of discussion. Princeton students want to implement »
MEDANSKY: Yale is for everyone
Contrary to popular belief, Al Gore did not invent the Internet. The history of the Internet, in fact, is devoid of future vice presidents, barred from the kind of “Social Network”-style mythology that would otherwise separate truth from myth. I know little about the history of the Internet; freshman year at Yale, it seems, can’t »
MEDANSKY: Sticking in time
Exactly five years and one day ago, Kurt Vonnegut — the great author, humanist and, yes, Midwesterner — passed away, and, somehow, someone or something unstuck my eighth-grade heart. I knew Kurt Vonnegut well — in my bookshelf and in my backpack, after dinner and between classes. I knew Kilgore Trout, Dwayne Hoover and Harrison »
MEDANSKY: Presidents and precedents
“The History of our Revolution,” wrote John Adams in 1790, “will be one continued lye from one end to the other. The essence of the whole will be that Dr. Franklin’s electric rod smote the earth and out sprang General Washington. Then Franklin electrified him, and thence forward those two conducted all the Policy, Negotiations, »
MEDANSKY: Forgetting birthdays and buying cupcakes
Unlike the 18th birthday — that due moment of pomp and circumstance that triggers the right to vote for office and die for country — the 19th birthday confers no particular responsibility. It passes relatively unnoticed. Consider the ghost of your birthdays past: the cultural milestones of double-digits, the bar or bat mitzvah, the quinceanera, »
MEDANSKY: Abraham Lincoln: Hunting for more than vampires
The great Illinois poet Carl Sandburg — the scribe of his big-shouldered city — published “Chicago Poems” in 1916. A prolific non-fiction author and poet, Sandburg wrote volumes upon volumes chronicling the childhood and the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln — a fellow man of the Midwest—fascinated him, and Sandburg’s fascination spawned one of his »