There was an interesting article in The Economist a few months back. It was on how there is a considerable bias within Universities towards liberal politics in the USA. They broke down the groups by departments. I've been to many around the world and have found a profound bias accordingly in the West; N.America and EU particularly.
  People (largely in the West) tend to pass off conservative thought as not intellectually based. I have many liberal friends who don't challenge themselves. I don't see the mainstream media as any different. The liberal movements in the West think that their view is 'correct' and that those who doesn't endorse their world view is bigoted, how ironic.
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Richard Buchanan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
  Dear Soumitri,

I am encouraged by an excellent recent book by sociologist Donald N. Levine.
It is called "Powers of the Mind: The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in
America," University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Richard Buchanan
Carnegie Mellon University

On 2/20/07 4:37 PM, "Soumitri Varadarajan" 

> I am reading Mary Evans' book "Killing Thinking: The Death of the
> Universities" for my reflective paper on my term as Program Director
> here. And she delivers a pretty devastating indictment from a very
> particular perspective. Its the story of what happened over the past
> two decades to British Universities, and the story is the same for
> universities in Australia. Continuous performance evaluation, funding
> cutbacks, and the push for research. Did design schools in the US
> escape these changes?
> Would be interested in anecdotes from other countries too (Ido,
> Eduardo, Can, Chris). I have read Alpay, and have heard the word
> around events like Wonderground- so it looks like we have all worked
> hard to adapt. But the tension between research and practice refuses
> to go away. A Good Tension I think - I like.
> Still I would like to hear - and this will help me in writing with a
> broader context in mind. Thank you.
> Dr. Soumitri Varadarajan
> Associate Professor
> Industrial Design Program
> School of Architecture and Design
> RMIT University
> Web:
> "Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them"
> - Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976)

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