The Trouble at Northwestern

I just wrote a book about new fundamentalisms with the university’s much-loved Jewish president. Now one of those fundamentalisms, aided by its Jewish exponents, is coming for him.

The comedian Seth Meyers (left) and Northwestern University President Morton O. Schapiro (right) at the university’s 2016 commencement in Evanston, Illinois. Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images.

The comedian Seth Meyers (left) and Northwestern University President Morton O. Schapiro (right) at the university’s 2016 commencement in Evanston, Illinois. Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images.

Observation
Oct. 28 2020
About the author

Gary Saul Morson is the Lawrence B. Dumas professor of the arts and humanities at Northwestern University and the author of, among other books, Anna Karenina in Our Time (Yale).


You may not have heard about the trouble brewing at Northwestern University, where I have taught Russian literature for more than 30 years. So let me tell you: we’ve been caught up in America’s whirlwind cultural reconfiguration of acceptable categories of thought, speech, and action.

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