Hannah Arendt Center presents:
CANCELED Tough Talks: Amy Wax
The decline in academic values and the quest for equal results.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The decline in academic values and the quest for equal results.This event occurs on: Thu. April 30, 6 pm – 8 pm
The current fashion in progressive thought and identity politics, increasingly dominant on campus, is to divide the world into victims and victimizers, the oppressed and oppressors. That ideology, which ascribes all social and economic disparities to discrimination, bigotry, and unwarranted privilege, demands “social justice” in the form of equal outcomes for all identity groups. That demand threatens the erosion of the core academic values of objectivity, respect for dissent, and free inquiry. That destructiveness has been especially evident in the legal academy and has begun to undermine key elements of the rule of law in our society. Amy L. Wax, the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, teaches remedies, conservative political and legal thought, social welfare law and policy, law and neuroscience, and the law and economics of work and family. A graduate of Yale College, Harvard Medical School, and Columbia Law School, she served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice from 1988 to 1994, where she argued 15 cases before the United States Supreme Court. She has published widely in law reviews and journals of opinion, including the Wall Street Journal, Policy Review, Commentary, Academic Questions, American Affairs, the American Conservative, National Affairs, The New Criterion, National Review, the Claremont Review, and First Things. She is the author of Race, Wrongs, and Remedies (2009 Hoover Press).