Alum Speculates on Kenyon Civility During CSAD, Is Wrong

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Yesterday, American Thinker, a conservative online daily publication run by Thomas Lifson and Richard Baehr, both ’69, published an article titled, “When the Social Justice Warrior Dogs Didn’t Bark.” Following the lead of other publications, Lifson, who authored the article, sought to praise Kenyon for its civility to James Comey P’16 who spoke during the CSAD conference on April 7th. The central argument of the article is that Kenyon has “a strong culture of engagement in serious discussion of ideas.” We agree, but we take issue with Lifson’s subsequent argument that Kenyon has this culture because it has not succumbed to the ‘trendy’ “leftist domination”of academia. According to Lifson, “this malign current must be resisted. Kenyon, although not explicitly conservative like Hillsdale College, has stuck to this goal resolutely.”

We have a few things to say about the article, namely that, um hey, do you even go here? Click through to come on this journey with us as we let our social justice warrior dogs give the article a good shred, paragraph by paragraph.

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A Conversation with Ben White

Over the course of last week’s CSAD Conference, the Collegian talked to economists, journalists and experts who had descended on Gambier to discuss economic inequality. Collegian Social Media Director Eric Geller ’14 and I were lucky enough to speak with some of the invited panelists on video. Today’s CSAD interview is with Ben White, Chief Economic Correspondent at POLITICO.

White — a Kenyon alum from the class of 1994  — dissects the relationship between income mobility and income equality, and why Democrats have been rallying around the gender pay gap. He also weighs in on whether political partisanship is really worse than it has ever been, and how his Kenyon education prepared him to succeed as an economic journalist.

A Conversation with Lizzie O’Leary

Over the course of last week’s CSAD Conference, the Collegian talked to economists, journalists and experts who had descended on Gambier to discuss economic inequality. Collegian Social Media Director Eric Geller ’14 and I were lucky enough to speak with some of the invited panelists on video. Today’s CSAD interview is with Lizzie O’Leary, host of “Marketplace,” a radio show that focuses on businesses and the economy.

O’Leary talks about the challenges of reporting on the radio, whether journalists should be doing a better job parsing through political talking points, and what listeners should expect from her upcoming program, “Marketplace Weeekend.”

A Conversation with Jim Tankersley

Over the course of last week’s CSAD Conference, the Collegian talked to economists, journalists and experts who had descended on Gambier to discuss economic inequality. Collegian Social Media Director Eric Geller ’14 and I were lucky enough to speak with some of the invited panelists on video. Today’s CSAD interview is with Jim Tankersley, an economics writer at The Washington Post.

Tankersley — who has been tasked with developing a new policy-explaining project at the Post since Ezra Klein’s departure to Vox Media — discusses the Republican approach to economic inequality, what readers can expect from his new project and the challenges of explaining complex economic problems to a wide audience.

Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown Welcome You to the 2014 CSAD Conference

This year’s 2014 CSAD Conference is on the topic of economic inequality. In partnership with the Center for the Study of American Democracy, we have the pleasure of opening the conference with introductions from Senators Sherrod Brown (D) and Robert Portman (R) of Ohio. Both have agreed to film introductions to the conference to share their feelings on the topic of economic inequality. Both have worked on legislation that work to solve the problem of economic inequality. Portman is currently a co-sponsor of the “Careers Through Responsive, Efficient, and Effective Retraining (CAREER) Act” along with Senator Michael Bennet, while Brown is a co-sponsor of the “Fair Minimum Wage Act.” For more info on the CSAD conference check out our preview.