Sequestered Spaces, Public Places: Identity Politics, the Neoliberal University, and the Crisis of Imagination

by Eric J. Weiner An intransigent form of identity politics in combination with neoliberal ideology has left the modern university, if not in ruins, then lacking imagination and cultural capital. It has become a place of sequestered spaces—symbolic and real—where too many students and faculty fear discussing issues deemed to be controversial, inappropriate, or “political.”…