Higher Education

Students holding Palestinian flags and signs walk out of the UMass Amherst commencement ceremony in protest on May 18, 2024, as Chancellor Javier Reyes takes the stage to speak.

The Threat of Democracy on Campus at UMass The Threat of Democracy on Campus at UMass

The real danger posed by the Gaza solidarity encampments is their attack on unfettered autocratic governance by university administrations and wealthy benefactors.

May 21, 2024 / Kevin Young

Joe Biden in academic regalia, in front of a crowd of university faculty and staff, giving the commencement address at Morehouse College.

Biden Fared Well at Morehouse. So You Didn’t Hear About It. Biden Fared Well at Morehouse. So You Didn’t Hear About It.

Biden’s speech wasn’t groundbreaking. But he did not take these talented 20-somethings for granted.

May 20, 2024 / Joan Walsh

Campus police at Yale University

How Yale University Surveils Pro-Palestine Students How Yale University Surveils Pro-Palestine Students

Documents reveal a pattern of targeted monitoring: administrator presence at rallies, police surveillance of social media, and coordination between campus, local, and state police...

May 20, 2024 / StudentNation / Theia Chatelle

Drawing the 1968 Columbia Protests

Drawing the 1968 Columbia Protests Drawing the 1968 Columbia Protests

I sketched the student protests at Columbia University nearly 60 years ago. Here is what I saw.

May 17, 2024 / OppArt / Burton Silverman

Columbia University student journalist

What Student Journalists at Columbia Really Learned What Student Journalists at Columbia Really Learned

In the classroom, professors taught the importance of the free press, at the same time as the administration stifled the work of student journalists and intimidated them through t...

May 17, 2024 / StudentNation / Anna Oakes, Indy Scholtens, Emily Byrski, Angelica Ang, Claire Elana Davenport, and Fahima Degia

CCNY Student Protest

CUNY and Columbia: A Tale of Two Campuses CUNY and Columbia: A Tale of Two Campuses

Why are the City College protesters being charged with felonies that could land them up to nine years in jail—while Columbia students are facing much lighter sentences?

May 16, 2024 / Nicolas Niarchos

Students set up an encampment in solidarity with Palestine at George Washington University with other area universities in Washington, DC, on April 27, 2024.

Students Are Rejecting the Country’s Culture of Death Students Are Rejecting the Country’s Culture of Death

For the economic and political establishment, the students protesting Israel’s ongoing war in Gaza constitute a control issue, potentially writ large.

May 14, 2024 / Norman Solomon

The Media Keeps Asking the Wrong Questions About Biden and the “Uncommitted” Vote The Media Keeps Asking the Wrong Questions About Biden and the “Uncommitted” Vote

Expecting voters to support the person with the power to stop the killing of their families, but who refuses to use it, is asking the impossible. This is about now, not November.

May 14, 2024 / Phyllis Bennis

A protester waves a Palestinian flag from the roof of Hamilton Hall at Columbia University on April 30, 2024.

The Anti-War Movement Needs to Claim Its Victories The Anti-War Movement Needs to Claim Its Victories

There’s no need to accept the churlish narrative of Biden and the establishment. The administration’s shift on Israel is a gain that can—and must—be built on.

May 13, 2024 / Jeet Heer

The Gaza Solidarity Encampment at Columbia University

The Student Protesters Are Demonstrating Their Bravery, Not Antisemitism The Student Protesters Are Demonstrating Their Bravery, Not Antisemitism

The real threat to American Jews comes not from students but from the MAGA Republicans who are shouting about antisemitism the loudest.

May 10, 2024 / Helen Benedict

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