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Review: The Women on the 6th Floor

Philippe Le Guay's '60s-set Parisian upstairs/downstairs, a kind of European version of The Help , has all the ingredients necessary for US consumption: political correctness, platitudes, saucy comedy; and a romance between a middle-aged bourgeois reac
A kind of European version of The Help
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 14, 2011

Is ‘post-racial’ possible?

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Solstice Greetings! Hopefully I have acknowledged all the winter holidays in a respectful manner without leaving anyone out, but since there must be someone I've missed, I'll toss in "Happy Holidays!"
Diverse-city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 10, 2010

More Wiping Lore

I loved your response to “Just Wondering,” who asked why people used to use their left hand to wipe their butts before the glorious advent of TP. That being said ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  April 16, 2010
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Last of the Redskins

The Scarborough School Board changed from “Redskins” to the “Red Storm” eight years ago, at a time when high school and college teams around the country were trending away from using Native American mascots.
What can sports mascots teach us about Native American relations today?
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 26, 2008

Death of Parody at Harvard Law: A follow-up


            My Freedom Watch column on the death of parody on American college campuses, which appears in the Boston Phoenix ’s August 1st...
By Harvey Silvergate  |  August 04, 2008

A world safe for parody: Margery Eagan and the crude parade


By Harvey Silverglate              &nb...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  July 08, 2008


This Just In: Harvard Censors "Barely Legal" Party


In a puritan streak, Harvard University has forced several student groups who were planning on hosti...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  June 05, 2008

This Just In: Harvard Censors "Barely Legal" Party


In a puritan streak, Harvard University has forced several student groups who were planning on hosti...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  June 05, 2008

A conservative academic for Colorado: A specimen Margaret Mead would love?


By Harvey Silverglate As engines of creativity and innovation, colleges are always pushing the envelope on scholarship. While this is usually good – since it...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  May 15, 2008

A conservative academic for Colorado: A specimen Margaret Mead would love?


By Harvey Silverglate As engines of creativity and innovation, colleges are always pushing the envelope on scholarship. While this is usually good – since it...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  May 15, 2008

Justice Brandeis would be proud … or would he?


    The Waltham-based university named after the late and great Supreme Court Justice...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  April 08, 2008


No Straight Talk Allowed


By Wendy Kaminer        Last year, high school senior Heidi Zamecnik sued her school for prohibiting her from wearing a t-shirt expressing her preference for...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  January 30, 2008

Brandeis Curbs Your Enthusiasm


By Wendy Kaminer                In a 200...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  January 23, 2008

Civil Anti-Libertarians


By Wendy Kaminer        My mother believed firmly in civility: “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything,” she plaintively advised; but  even...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  January 14, 2008

Teaching Students to Watch What they Say


By Wendy Kaminer        Once college students risked their lives challenging segregation and participating in voter registration drives in the deep South.  Today, on many...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  December 11, 2007

Speech Taboos, Right and Left


By Wendy Kaminer        Not surprisingly, right and left wing partisan...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  December 03, 2007


This Just In: Opinion Released in SFSU Civility Code case


By James F. Tierney Two weeks ago, Harvey Silverglate blogged about a federal Magistrate Judge, Way...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  November 20, 2007

Coercing Speech


By Wendy Kaminer          Coerced speech is as much an affront to liberty and human dignity as coerced silence.  In extreme cases – think...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  November 19, 2007

No Offense


By Wendy Kaminer        Only 16% of Americans know that the First Amen...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  November 16, 2007

“Thou Shalt Be Civil, Or Else….”


By Harvey Silverglate             One of the crafti...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  November 09, 2007

Developing Story at Brandeis


        Free thought, free speech, and common sense are once again und...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  November 08, 2007


Thought Reform U.


By Wendy Kaminer               Earlier this week, a smart, worldly civil libertarian queried me about an email reporting that Harvard Law School...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  November 01, 2007

No Island of Civility


By Wendy Kaminer        New York’s aggravated harassment law is unques...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  October 25, 2007

Suspend First, Ask Questions later


By Wendy Kaminer               Hamline University prides itself on its commitment to diversity.  Its website boasts that “Hamline’s five schools have more...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  October 11, 2007

Evolving Campus Culture – Tear Down This Wall


            A trend I refer to as the “corporatization” of the modern American university popped up the other day in a different context...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  September 12, 2007

The ADL Caves


            Boston’s small but feisty Armenian lobby scored its biggest “victory” yet earlier this week, when it finally cornered Anti-Defamation League President Abe...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  August 23, 2007


Genocide and its Partisans: What the ADL Did Wrong


          I don't see how the Anti-Defamation League, either the national organization or its New England regional branch, can dig itself out of...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  August 21, 2007

Imus: The Lawsuit


        Maybe I should watch what I say in discussing Kia Vaughn’s def...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  August 20, 2007

It's A Bitch


       Inspired perhaps by the ridicule that greeted its symbolic ban on th...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  August 10, 2007

Tufts and De Facto Speech Policing


        Last month a student magazine at Tufts University, The Primary Source, was hauled before a disciplinary committee and punished for publishing a satire...
By Wendy Kaminer  |  June 12, 2007