LETTERS: 9.7.12

September 7, 2012 • 983
Don’t be down on Yale-NUS In recent discussions of President Levin’s legacy, Nathaniel Zelinsky (“Five quick takes on Levin’s retirement,” Aug. 30) and others suggest that Yale-NUS College is an exception — a misstep in an otherwise great career. I and others actively involved in Yale-NUS, believe, as does Levin, that Yale-NUS will prove to »

LETTERS: 9.4.12

September 4, 2012 • 2182
In defense of DS Sam Cohen (“Redirecting Directed Studies,” Aug. 31) reprises some of the standard objections to DS that I have heard now for over a quarter of a century. I would like to respond to two of them. Cohen complains that the “History and Politics” section “is really about political philosophy.” Really? What, »

LETTERS: 8.30.12

August 30, 2012 • 3
Yale-NUS is committed to liberal arts I read with interest Ryan Pollock’s recent op-ed (“Keep the Liberal Arts in Fashion,” Aug. 29). I disagree with his conclusion that “By signing on to Yale-NUS, our administration expresses its agreement with the Singaporean government that the ideas or skills we get out of a liberal arts education »

LETTERS: 4.19.12

April 23, 2012 • 1
The real reason for Israel’s existence I write in response to Sam Lasman’s elegant column (“Poetry, not politics,” April 17) in which he takes up the paradoxical struggle that goes back at least to Plato regarding the role of poetry in the realm of politics. Mr. Lasman’s attention to language moves me to note and »

LETTERS: 4.5.12

April 5, 2012 • 0
Yale-NUS and Yale-New Haven We often tell ourselves that no email is really private; nevertheless, it was a surprise to discover that a small portion of an email I had sent to some of my colleagues about Yale-NUS was published in the News (“Yale Takes Brand to Singapore,” March 27). These are informal exchanges not »

LETTERS: 4.4.12

April 4, 2012 • 1
Gays still persecuted in Singapore I am glad that Austin Shiner, as an admissions officer of Yale-NUS and a new public face of that emerging institution, is so gay-friendly (“Gay night in Singapore,” April 2). It is also nice to see him concede the value of civil liberties. Such a stance cannot be taken for »

LETTERS: 4.2.12

April 2, 2012 • 3
Milton abhorred censorship NUS professor Rajeev Patke, a part of the team of academics planning the curriculum and hiring the new faculty for Yale-NUS, defended Singapore’s practice of censorship as an instance of “how a nation wishes to protect its citizens” (“More than banned books,” March 30). Books by Salman Rushdie and the Marquis de »

LETTERS: 3.29.12

March 29, 2012 • 55
School before sports America has betrayed the life of the mind by encouraging almost all of its great universities to take part in a kind of huge semi-pro league, especially in football, basketball and hockey. Big-ticket athletic programs, even with their huge stadiums filled with fans, do more damage than good to the universities’ educational »

LETTERS: 3.27.12

March 27, 2012 • 13
Yale’s child in Singapore Michael Fischer’s description (“Yale-NUS is not Yale,” March 23) of the relationship between Yale and Yale-NUS College is largely accurate. I believe the name “Yale-NUS College” appropriately signals that relationship. Yale-NUS College is a child with two parents. As such, it is quite different from any branch campus. It is still »

LETTERS: 3.23.12

March 23, 2012 • 0
Suspicious of Singapore In their defense of President Richard Levin’s great Singapore folly, professors Charles Bailyn, Deborah Davis and Pericles Lewis (“Rethinking Liberal Arts Education,” Feb. 29), none of whom has ever drawn a paycheck in Southeast Asia, let alone actually run anything in this part of the world, peep, “We recognize that Singapore has »

LETTERS: 3.22.12

March 22, 2012 • 2
The right to read freely It is troubling that a Sterling professor of French, R. Howard Bloch (“Why I like Yale-NUS,” March 19) would endorse Yale’s expansion into a country where students could not read, among other authors, the Marquis de Sade, whose works are banned in Singapore. Yes, a liberal arts education may help »

LETTERS: 3.21.12

March 21, 2012 • 7
Opposing Yale-NUS Our colleague Howard Bloch (“Why I like Yale-NUS,” March 19) invites us to ask what the government of Singapore “was thinking when it invited Yale to establish within its borders a liberal arts college.” We have to ask ourselves in turn: How did we get here, to a place where we are required »