Stanley Fish blogs in the New York Times, More Colorado Follies:
“I’ve just returned from New Zealand and find that in my absence the University of Colorado â€“ the same one that earlier this year appointed as its president a Republican fund-raiser with a B.A. in mining and no academic experience â€“ has gifted me again, this time with the announcement of plans to raise money for a Chair in Conservative Thought and Policy.”
The best quote from his piece is:
“[G.P. Peterson, the chancellor of the Boulder campus] acknowledged that the professor of conservative thought didn’t have to be an actual conservative, and pointed out that many teachers of French â€œaren’t necessarily French.â€ (Of course the analogy doesn’t work: you don’t get to choose your country of origin; you do get to choose your political beliefs.)”
So I wonder, does a professor of woman studies actually need to be a woman to be credible? Can a white professor of black studies lecture from an authentic positon? G.P. Peterson, chancellor, CU Boulder, must believe so. Because, you know, many teachers of woodworking aren’t actually made of wood.