Are professors who teach at far-left elitist Ivy League schools like Harvard University harming their students with their narrow-minded views? How will students who’ve been taught to only accept one point of view survive in a nation that prides itself on diversity? Are parents attending paying upwards of $250K for their children to become small-minded, intolerant, inflexible adults at these bastions of hatred for anyone who doesn’t think like them?
The evidence sure seems to be pointing that way…
James Lindsay, author of a new book, Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody, shared a stunning message last week on Twitter about how the Harvard Business School Club cancelled his scheduled appearance with them.
Lmao! I had been invited to speak for the Harvard Business School Club of New York about Cynical Theories, and because someone was upset that I exist, they changed the moderator to their chief equity officer, Hemali Dassani, and then, when I didn’t back down, cancelled the event.
Lmao! I had been invited to speak for the Harvard Business School Club of New York about Cynical Theories, and because someone was upset that I exist, they changed the moderator to their chief equity officer, Hemali Dassani, and then, when I didn't back down, cancelled the event. pic.twitter.com/hOvGQE4gFK
— James Lindsay, cultural phenomenon (@ConceptualJames) February 24, 2021
Campus Reform reports – The book discusses how “anti-Enlightenment beliefs” such as cancel culture, subjective truth and language as violence pose an imminent threat “not only to liberal democracy but also to modernity itself.”
The Harvard Business School Club of New York (HBSCNY) invited Lindsay for a presentation and discussion of the book along with a Q&A session on March 11. However, the club decided to cancel the event.
Ironically, the very discussion that was cancelled would have discussed cancel culture.
“Have you ever wondered about the ideas behind the cultural and political wars that are wrecking the country and reached a crescendo last summer in the ‘Cancel Culture’ movement and the violent outbursts in many cities around the country? Do we even understand the fighting words brandished by the social justice activists in this movement?… Join us for a presentation and discussion of the book with author James Lindsay, followed by a Q&A session,” the event description, now removed from the Business School Club’s website, stated.
Lindsay told Campus Reform that Jean-Louis Maserati was the original moderator who is “sympathetic and friendly” to Lindsay and his opinions. Maserati told Lindsay that former HBSCNY president and current board member Hemali Dassani complained “high up in the administrative hierarchy” about Lindsay, claiming that his ideas would go “unchallenged” with Maserati moderating.
According to Maserati, this complaint prompted HBSCNY to change the moderator.
Lindsay still agreed to do the event but expected it to be more hostile with the different moderator. He provided an account of what he says led to the event’s cancellation, which Campus Reform has not independently verified.
“I said to him I would do it but expected it to be hostile now and intended to embarrass her if she became hostile to me,” Lindsay said.