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Robert Boyers : Talking In The Library

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 4:30pm in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center

Robert Boyers is the editor of the quarterly Salmagundi, and Professor of English at Skidmore College, where he has taught for fifty years and was the first Tisch Professor of Arts and Letters. He is the author of ten previous books and writes regularly for such publications as The Nation, Harpers, The New Republic, Granta, Raritan, and many others. 

From the perspective of self-described "liberal intellectual and college professor," Robert Boyers' book, The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, The Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies, asks questions such as, has academic life turned into a minefield? Why are a great many liberals, people who should know better, invested in the drawing up of enemies lists and driven by the conviction that on critical issues, no dispute may be tolerated? Isn't the tolerance of difference the heart of the liberal tradition?