"Is Online Learning Poised to Replace Universities?" Mind Matters News. 29 October, 2021
Discovery Institute retread of a 2019 article in Quillette which, like its source, foregrounds Evergreen.
Abrams, Samuel J. "Many Liberal Arts Students Need a Lesson in Free Speech" Inside Higher Ed. 28 October, 2021
One reference to the Evergreen protests in an article summarizing results of a FIRE sponsored survey. The article claims that the survey shows that "small liberal arts colleges are both more accepting of attempts to silence speech and overwhelmingly more liberal than their public and private university counterparts."
McWhorter, John. Woke Racism. Portfolio/Penguin. 26 October, 2021.
McWhorter adopts the "hounded out" motif in a brief description of The 2017 Day of Absence and Weinstein's departure from Evergreen, and,refers readers to "the web" for more information on "individual professors".
"The Power of the Mobs is Tremendous: Bret Weinstein". Fox News. 21 October, 2021
In a 4-minute interview focusing on the Dave Chappelle/Netflix controversy and on some recent positions taken by the ACLU, Weinstein is introduced as one who has "experienced this kind of stuff firsthand . . . on college campuses.." In the context of the Netflix employee walkout protesting Dave Chapelle's recent broadcast, Weinstein asserts that the "pressure" exerted by "these mobs" will eventually "reshape what we are able to think". (The interview is summarized in print here: ACLU reveals 'extremely alarming' shift with recent actions, heading in 'opposite direction': Bret Weinstein).
Kopelman, Nancy and Leo Blakeslee. "Book Review: “A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century” by Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein" . Willamette Week. 20 October, 2021.
The reviewers conclude that the book is "neoconservatism outfitted for visits to the farmers market and stays at do-it-yourself wilderness camp." There is an longer "Author's Take" on Medium.
Morgan, Jason. "Conform or Get Attacked: Bigots Use Comfort Women Issue to Assault Free Speech in Japan". Japan Forward. 20 October, 2021.
In an article focused on Japanese academics, Weinstein is listed along with a dozen or so others in the U.S. as examples of academics who "have been harassed, and many have been run out of their jobs, by anti-intellectual mobs incensed that they did not toe the party line on a given issue".
"Who Gets 'Canceled': Students Discuss Who Gets Canceled and Why". The Wall Street Journal. 19 October, 2021. Opinion: Future View. Paywalled. Evergreen access here.
One student contributor identifies Weinstein as one of the canceled: "Bret Weinstein was canceled because he refused to join a “Day of Absence” for white people at Evergreen State College".
" Professors in Exile: Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying" . The Daily Wire: The Sunday Special. 24 September, 2021. [paywalled?]
Weinstein and Heying introduced as those who "spoke out against radical orthodoxy at Evergreen State College which sparked outrage and protests, leading to their resignations."
Ritchie, Stuart. " A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century review – self-help laced with pseudoscience" . The Guardian. 24 September, 2021.
An interesting (and, as the subtitle of the article suggests, extremely critical) review of a new book from "[t]he evolutionary biologists Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein – whom some readers might remember from 2017, when they resigned from Evergreen College in Washington State after a dramatic culture-war flareup." The book ranked 2nd in non-fiction on Amazon for its first week, and the audiobook ranked #1 in nonfiction on the AP list (in short, it has gotten around in its first few days). On The New York Times bestsellers list, however, the title was accompanied by a dagger icon, indicating that the Times suspected that sales had been inflated by bulk purchases..
Beck, Glenn. "THE DARK HORSES: FROM CAMPUS VILLAINS TO POLITICAL PEACEMAKERS | BRET WEINSTEIN & HEATHER HEYING | EP 117". The Glenn Beck Podcast. 19 September, 2021. Paywalled?
A 90 minute interview: "One day, Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying were biology professors at Evergreen State College. The next, they were "campus villains" who dared to speak out when the school told white people to take a “day of absence.” This lead-in is misleading at best.
Effinger, Anthony. "A Progressive Biologist From Portland Is One of the Nation’s Leading Advocates for Ivermectin". Willamette Week. 15 September, 2021.
Cravatts, Richard. "Book details Evergreen State’s Free Speech Crisis". Accuracy in Academia 13 September, 2021.
Inaccurate on several counts.
Phillips, Melanie. "When anti-Semitic lunatics seize the academic asylum". The Jewish Star. 9 September, 2021.
In review of a new book, Phillips writes:
"The book is set in the ultimate “woke” environment of Nevergreen, a college situated on a remote island. The name alludes to an infamous event in 2017 at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.
A biology professor there, Bret Weinstein, was hounded out of his post after he objected to the college asking white students to absent themselves for a day to attend a course on race issues. Like Pessin, Weinstein was physically intimidated and not allowed to defend himself against the accusations made against him."
Katz, Justin. "Teen Vogue commemorates attack on America by attacking American ‘academic freedom’". Accuracy in Media. 8 September, 2021.
Smith, Erec. "Black People Who Oppose Critical Race Theory Are Being Erased" Newsweek. 7 September, 2021.
Lee, Stephanie M., and Ken Bensinger. "A Prominent Study Said Ivermectin Prevents COVID, But The Data Is Suspect". BuzzFeed News. 2 September, 2021.
In an article critically examining a scientific study often cited in support of Ivermectin as a prophylactic protective against COVID, Lee and Bensinger introduce Weinstein as a "biologist who is best known for resigning from Evergreen State College in 2017 after he criticized an anti-racism education event" (a new phrase for describing the flipped DoA, so far as I know), LThe authors show that Weinstein makes even stronger claims for Ivermectin than has has the lead author of the study under review:
"[Weinstein] declared that the medication renders vaccines irrelevant. “If ivermectin, a drug out of patent, is safe and effective for treating and, more importantly, preventing COVID,” he told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson this summer, “then there shouldn’t be vaccines that we’re administering.”
"Scholars Under Fire Database". FIRE. First Published 31 August, 2021. Ongoing.
Includes an entry for Weinstein, with this summary:
"Weinstein faced demands for termination and threats of imminent violence for his comments critical of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on campus."
There is little publicly available evidence that Weinstein faced specific "threats of imminent violence".
Soave, Robby. "Perspective: Welcome to ‘woke’ university". The Deseret News. 30 August, 2021.
Soave incorrectly writes that "progressive student activists at Evergreen College chased a liberal professor named Bret Weinstein off campus for the crime of being the only white professor to remain at work during the campus’ racial justice “Day of Absence” — a day during which white people were asked to remain at home."
Weinstein was not "the only white professor to remain at work" that day, and has never claimed that he was. Participation in the Day of Absence was voluntary, there were white folks on campus that day, and student protesters targeting Weinstein did not cite Weinstein's presence on campus that day as a motivating factor, so far as I know (although they did cite Weinstein's public objections to the voluntary Day of Absence, among a number of other factors).
Also, Weinstein was never "chased . . . off campus".
Baehr, Richard. "On campus, the worst is yet to come". American Thinker. 8 August, 2021.
In a review of a novel said to be partly inspired by the Evergreen protests, Baehr claims that Weinstein faced " serious threats of physical harm" and that "professors and administrators . . . did nothing to defend or protect them." There is little evidence that Weinstein faced "serious threats of physical harm" beyond Weinstein's own statements. Here are the publicly available claims:
-- Weinstein says that the police chief told him that she could not guarantee his safety. The college spokesperson challenged his claim, saying that the police had told him only that “it might be a good idea for him to stay away from campus for a day or two". There does not appear to be any evidence that the police were responding to any specific threats, and their main concern may have been that they had been told not to intervene on May 24th (and therefore arguably could not guarantee anyone's safety), the main day of protests aimed at the administration.
-- Students allegedly stopped and searched cars on campus (probably May 24), allegedly looking for Weinstein. What is known is that campus police did believe that students were stopping cars and believed that they may have been looking for one or more people.. There does not appear to be any evidence that the students were searching for Weinstein, and this appears to have happened at the same time that protestors were demanding that administrators remain in the president's office to continue working on responses to student demands, suggesting that if students were stopping cars in order to search for anyone, they were likely looking for administrators. One protestor has said that protestors were not searchng cars. Weinstein did not have class that day, and is not known to have been on campus at all.
-- One student's statement that at the 4 p.m. meeting on May 23 2017, at which Weinstein was present, some students were overheard talking about putting away their mace and tasers. (https://www.reddit.com/r/
-- Elsewhere Weinstein has claimed in interviews that the college put him in danger [But so far as I know does not describe any threats of violence that were imminent other than the above.]
-- Weinstein and Heying's lawsuit refers to "threats of physical violence" [But, in terms of what we have seen in the public record, does not specify them nor say that the threats were ever "imminent".]
-- [this space reserved for any additional claims that come to light -- there are hundreds of hours of video and audio, most of it without transcripts].
Sharir, Moran. "'There's an Undercurrent on the American Left That Regards Jews as Suspect'". El Haaretz. 16 July, 2021.
Gertz, Matt. "A big study supporting ivermectin, Fox's latest miracle COVID treatment, was just retracted". Media Matters for America. 16 July, 2021.
Carlson, Tucker. "Censoring Weinstein." Fox Nation: Tucker Carlson Today. 9 July, 2021. (Paywall).
Rouner, Jon. "How Self-Identified “Liberals” Get Radicalized to the Far Right". The Houston Press. 7 July, 2021.
Young, Cathy. "When misinformation can do harm". Newsday. 7 July, 2021.
Triggs, Charlotte. "Megyn Kelly's Podcast Upgrades to a Daily 2-Hour SiriusXM Show: 'I Touch Third Rails for a Living'". People.com 6 July, 2021.
Merlan, Anna. "The Ivermectin Advocates' War Has Just Begun". Vice. 1 July, 2021.
Merlan follows up on her previous article. No mention of Evergreen, but the continued discussion of Ivermectin provides more details relevant to questions of evidence and narrative, as well as the imperatives of social media celebrity (YouTube's actions against Weinstein's podcast occasioned strong tweets from major influencers like Joe Rogan, Bill Maher, and Glenn Greenwald, an appearance on Tucker Carslon's show, and over 20,000 new Twitter followers for Weinstein).
Carlson, Tucker. "Bret weinstein Today's interview on Fox News on Tucker Carlson Tonight 6/29/21". Tucker Carlson Tonight. 29 June, 2021 (source: YouTube video uploaded by Trump Team)
Rouner, Jon. "The Real Dangers in the False COVID Remedy Promoters Like Bret Weinstein". The Houston Press. 29 June, 2021.
Rouner's main argument is that Weinstein and his recent discussion partner Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche are modern day Andrew Wakefields, promoting bogus science (relating to Covid vaccines and medicines) for self-interested reasons, much as Wakefield did decades ago in relation to vaccinations and autism. Along the way, Rouner addresses the 2017 protests:
"[Weinstein] spoke out against the college’s traditional “day of absence,” where minority students and faculty would absent themselves to show their contribution to the college. A proposed change to the program would have asked white students to stay away instead to attend a program on race issues. Weinstein called this oppression. After a confrontation with protestors, Weinstein and Heather Heyer [sic], a fellow biology professor and Weinstein’s wife, sued the college.
The couple resigned, and Weinstein began his career playing a skeptical maverick who was cast out by political correctness. His DarkHorse podcast is wildly popular, reaching Number 51 on the Podcast Insights chart."
There are a few lapses here. Rouner implies that the flipped DoA was planned but did not happen -- it did happen. The ask that white students not be on campus that day was arguably not limited to the one "program on race issues".although that program was the central focus of off-campus gathering. And technically, Weinstein didn't speak out against the traditional DoA as Rouner states, but only the flipped DoA. But overall, Rouner avoids the mistakes most other writers have made and provides a broadly accurate, though limited, picture of Weinstein's trajectory in relation to the protests.
Merlan, Anna. "Why Is the Intellectual Dark Web Suddenly Hyping an Unproven COVID Treatment?". Vice. 24 June, 2021.
In a minor reference to the Evergreen protests, Merlan notes that Weinstein had "declared it was unsafe for him to be on campus and sued Evergreen", one of the few writers to notice that Weinstein himself is the primary source for the claim that he was generally unsafe on campus. .
This article is also relevant as an examination of the relationship between evidence and narrative: one might consider parallels between the Ivermectin narrative described, and the Evergreen protests narrative.
Faulkner, Blake, Tyrone Keys, and Richard Vatz. "Identity Universities And The End Of Academic Freedom". The Daily Caller. 21 June, 2021.
Faulkner et al feature Evergreen in their discussion of "anti-caucasian" equity and inclusion initiatives. In what is almost certainly a first, they attribute the protests against Weinstein solely to his concerns about an equity and inclusion plan, making no mention at all of the much more famous flipped Day of Absence. (Weinstein's objections to both were very relevant to the protests, perhaps equally so, despite the overwhelming media focus on DoA). The authors mistakenly say that Weinstein and Heying resigned "mid-semester" "because of the danger". In fact, they resigned late in the summer as part of a settlement of a lawsuit they had initiated against the college.
Taibbi, Matt. "Meet the Censored: Bret Weinstein". TK News. 19 June, 2021.
Abrams, Samuel J. "My New Study Proves It: Cancel Culture Is Much Worse on the Left." Newsweek (opinion). 9 June, 2021
Abrams opens with this:
Stories of mob-style cancel culture and violent protests at American universities like Yale, Evergreen State, and Middlebury are no longer the exception. Professors are now being regularly threatened with cancelation nationwide.
He then provides a few examples (10 actually, none involving faculty being fired, and few or none involving faculty being disciplined or even investigated). In the second half of the article Abrams summarizes the study referred to in the title, which was apparently actually a study about ending relationships and friendships over political differences, and not at all a study about mobs, violent protests, or professors threatened with 'cancelation'.
Torres, Phil. "Godless grifters: How the New Atheists merged with the far right". Salon. 5 June, 2021.
Only tangentially related to Evergreen via the role of the IDW and a mention of Weinstein, Torres launches charges big and small against a variety of thinkers, including new atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, before arguing that New Atheism "merged with factions of the alt-right to become what former New York Times contributing editor Bari Weiss calls the Intellectual Dark Web'", and who now "embolden fascists" and "impede further moral progress for the marginalized."
Ross, David. "Evergreen: What Has Happened To You?". The JOLT (opinion). 3 June, 2021.
Creitz, Chris. "'Teen Vogue' claims US universities 'right-wing institutions,' as anti-conservative protests abound". Fox News. 20 May, 2021.
Creitz highlights Evergreen as an example of alleged left-wing power on college campuses. They write, approximately correctly, that: "At Evergreen State College in Washington state, Professor Bret Weinstein was effectively pressured out of his post for criticizing a college "day of absence." Creitz then incorrectly states that "[s]tudents shut down the campus" and incorrectly describes the Day of Absence as an "event kicking white people off campus". Like many other commentators, Creitz reduces the controversy around Weinstein to one event, the Day of Absence, ignoring several other factors (which Weinstein himself regularly insists should be taken into account).
Whitford, Emma. "3 Finalists, No President". Insider HigherEd. 13 May, 2021.
In a short reference to the 2017 protests, Whitford makes a small error, stating that "The college later punished 80 students for their roles in the protests." She links to a previous article from IHE as her source for this, but that earlier article was based on an Olympian article that got this wrong. The Olympian article was revised a few days after it was published, and has since stated:
About 80 students were sanctioned for breaking the student conduct code . . . during spring and summer quarters . . . The students were adjudicated using the student conduct code . . . Kaiser said the cases weren’t solely related to protests, and would not specify how many student protesters received sanctions. . .They received sanctions ranging from formal warnings, community service and probation, to suspension.
[The Bibliographer sent a note to Inside Higher Ed about this, and they have since corrected their own article, and now link to the corrected Olympian article].
Another slight mistake: the $500,000 settlement was actually split over two former professors to settle a lawsuit, not just one.
Myers, Alex. "How To Survive the Cancel Cult". PoliticsWeb. 25 April, 2021.
In a review of the self-published book #StayWoke: Go Broke: Why South Africa won’t survive America’s culture wars (and what you can do about it), Myers agrees broadly with the author's critique of what they call 'wokeness', but adds this on the book's references to Evergreen:
Zille’s notion of the US as the “epicentre” of wokeness is at times a little strained. She acknowledges that ANC “policies were Woke before anyone in South Africa had ever heard of the word”. And at one point she refers to an episode that took place in May 2017 at Evergreen State College, where the academic Bret Weinstein was driven off campus for refusing to abide by a “Day of Absence”, on which whites are expected to stay away so as to provide a “safe space” for blacks.
“Videos of every stage in this horror story”, she writes, “were sent around the world, and of course it was not long before South African students were staging similar productions for the world’s social media platforms.” The example she then proceeds to give (a four-minute-long video entitled “Science Must Fall?”, well worth watching) in fact occurred at the University of Cape Town in October 2016, eight months prior to the Evergreen incident.
Deresiewicz, William. "An Immodest Proposal Academics — all of them — should unionize". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 7 April, 2021.
In a piece arguing for the importance of tenure to protect faculty from "political pressure", Deresiewicz writes that:
Even with tenure, professors have been ousted — Ward Churchill from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Bret Weinstein from Evergreen State.
As noted many times here, there is no publicly available evidence that the Evergreen administration initiated any disciplinary action against Weinstein, who resigned as part of a settlement of a lawsuit he initiated against the college. In public statements, the president specifically said that the administration would not act on student demands for Weinstein's ouster.
House, Anna. "House ’20: Steven Pinker and who decides how campus culture should be repaired". Brown Daily Herald. 25 March, 2021
House responds to Andrew Reed's op-ed a few days earlier, providing useful context and clarification for Reed's overly brief account. House makes one mistake: she states that two Black students were shot by a police officer "at Evergreen". She is right that this event provides relevant context for the 2017 protests, but the event happened off campus and did not involve Evergreen students or police.
Reed, Andrew. "Reed ’21: Steven Pinker Wants to Repair Campus Culture". Brown Daily Herald. 21 March, 2021.
In a brief and selective history of events meant to show the genesis and recent development of 'cancel culture', Reed misleadingly writes:
In 2017, Evergreen College in Washington State descended into chaos when a white professor refused to leave campus after a group of activists organized a day without white students and faculty.
Linly, Zack. "Ex-New York Times Writer Bari Weiss Begins New Job as Whitest Woman Ever. Let Me Explain". The Root. 4 March, 2021.
Kaufmann, Eric. "We Have the Data to Prove It: Universities Are Hostile to Conservatives". Newsweek. 3 March, 2021.
Andrews, Douglas. "The Crumbling Foundation of Academic Freedom". The Patriot Post. 3 March, 2021
Sexton, John. "The Clubhouse Coup By A Woke Activist". HotAir. 3 March, 2021.
Bartosch, Jo. "The TERF war Down Under" Spiked. 3 March, 2021.
Weiss, Bari. "The self-silencing majority". The Deseret News. 2 March, 2021.
Mangan, Katherine. "Could Fall Bring Some Return to Normalcy? These Colleges Say Yes". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 19 February, 2021.
Evergreen is featured in an article on plans to return to in-person teaching in Fall 2021. After noting a major enrollment decline at Evergreen, Mangan describes 2017 and its aftermath in this way:
The enrollment decline is due, in part, to the racial crisis the progressive college faced in 2017, when conservative state lawmakers and pundits criticized its leaders as failing to stand up to aggressive protesters and protesters complained they weren’t being heard.
Crutcher, Ronald. "Leadership in Crossing Divides". Inside Higher Ed. 19 February, 2021.
In an opinion piece, the president of the University of Richmond argues that "In today’s “cancel culture,” marked by an absence of intellectual humility and the capacity to forgive, true diversity turns out to be extremely difficult." Along the way, he states that " . . .since 2015, student demonstrations over free speech and racial bias have resulted in faculty firings, resignations and physical assaults on campuses from Connecticut to Washington State." Like most who refer to faculty firings in this context, he doesn't actually mention any. The two cases he highlights, Yale and Evergreen, did not involve the firing of faculty (nor even the threat of firing, so far as we know), or physical assaults against faculty. In his paragraph on Evergreen, Crutcher says:
At Evergreen State College in Washington, a teacher who’d questioned an equity policy that asked white students to leave campus for a day and reflect on their racial privilege was hounded by a crowd that gathered outside his classroom, shouting, chanting and demanding his resignation. The threat of violence became credible enough that Evergreen’s leaders eventually decided to hold graduation off campus.
Crutcher make one factual error: there was no "policy" asking white students to leave campus. And he repeats a common mistake, implying that threats of violence by student protestors caused graduation to be moved off campus, when in fact it had been a phoned in threat of gun violence against Evergreen students from off-campus, combined with aggressive off-campus attention focused against student protestors, that led to graduation being moved (as Crutcher's own source makes clear).
Hutton, Chris. "Canceling Carano May End in Success". Newsweek. 19 Feb, 2021.
An opinion piece that asks if Gina Carano will be following David and Jason Benham, and Bret Weinstein, as people who "built a career off of being 'canceled'". While a bit more nuanced than some, Hutton has the usual confused take on Day of Absence:
When Evergreen hosted a "Day of Absence," the event asked white students to stay off-campus or attend a race-centered program while POC students could attend. Weinstein wrote in an email that this request for students to not attend campus events that day was "crippling to the logic of oppression. Said comments eventually led the event to be voluntary. The growing resistance to the event grew to a violent altercation between Weinstein and several protestors."
(The event was always voluntary, everyone was "allowed" to attend campus that day, and there was no violence in the confrontation between Weinstein and the protestors). Hutton is nearly alone in correctly noting that the source for the claim that "campus police told him they would not protect him against the protesters" was Weinstein himself (still the only source that I am aware of).
Sexton, John. "Karl Popper’s Paradox Of Tolerance (And Where The Woke Fit Into It)" Hot Air. 11 February, 2021.
In a blog post on Karl Popper's paradox of tolerance, Sexton suggests that "postmodernism" and "critical theory" "dispense" with "reason and judgement" when it gets in the way of "social justice", and continues "It was true at Evergreen State College where a student arguing with Professor Bret Weinstein said, “You need to stop demanding that everybody use logic and reasons and white forms of knowledge to f**king prove yourself to the world.”"
Adams, Alexander. "Aristotle and Plato must go. After targeting statues, race activists now aim to topple the ancient founders of Western thought". RT.com. 11 February, 2021
Focuses on a Classics scholar who has questioned the value of continuing the field. Adams sees this is a symptom of "race hysteria" in academia which he almost seems to suggest began at Evergreen: "It’s been coming: At Evergreen College in 2017, an unfounded accusation of racism was enough to send mobs of students wielding baseball bats hunting Professor Bret Weinstein. " Of course, nobody went after Weinstein with baseball bats, and the evidence that students were "hunting" him at all is extremely limited, despite the widespread dispersion of the "hunting" trope.
Marks, Jonathan. Let's Be Reasonable: A Conservative Case for Liberal Education. Princeton University Press. 9 February, 2021.
Brief reference to Chistakis and Weinstein as "left-liberal" professors protested for "crossing students and colleagues somewhat further to the left".
Kabbany, Jennifer. "Evergreen State College (yes, that one) rolls out daily tarot card reading". The College Fix. 3 February, 2021.
Stern, Marlow. "Bill Maher Pushes Steve Bannon Wuhan Lab COVID Conspiracy". Daily Beast. 30 January, 2021.
Mostly about Weinstein and Heying's appearance on Real Time the night before to discuss COVID, but includes a short reference to the Evergreen protests, including this novel phrasing for DoA and of their resignations: "both resigned from their posts as biology professors at Evergreen State College in protest of a minority-appreciation day".
Crutcher, Ronald. "Learning to Listen in Polarized Times". Inside Higher Ed. 27 January, 2021
Crutcher's argument mirrors the conclusion of a task force at the University of Richmond, where he is president: a "commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive community demands an equally strong commitment to freedom of expression.". Along the way, he writes that "[s]tudents demonstrating over controversial speech and campus speakers have even led to faculty firings and resignations, from Yale University to Evergreen State College." Neither Yale nor Evergreen involved faculty firings, that The Bibliographer knows of. At Evergreen, faculty resignations were part of settlements of tort claims initiated by the faculty themselves.
Holland, Jenny. "Smith College and the bravery of Jodi Shaw". Spectator U.S. 5 January, 2021.
A single mention of Weinstein and Heying as "perhaps the most famous victims" of "anti-white racism and racial hysteria".