Yale law school professor Dan Kahan’s new research paper is called “Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government,” but for me a better title is the headline on science writer Chris Mooney’s piece about it in Grist: “Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do Math.”
Yale University is expected to unveil a revamped program for the study of anti-Semitism, the campus rabbi said. The Yale Daily News reported last Friday that Rabbi James Ponet sent an e-mail to undisclosed recipients saying he expected the university to announce the new program soon.
Did Yale's program on anti-Semitism die a natural death from lack of academic vigor, as the university says? Should it have been saved, as two major Jewish groups are arguing? Or was it killed for being politically incorrect about Muslim anti-Semitism, as alleged by others?
A Yale University alumnus has donated $1 million to the campus Chabad House. Brad Berger, a private investor from Los Angeles who graduated from the university in 1977, made his pledge to the $6 million capital campaign on Sunday, the Yale Daily News reported Tuesday. The building when it reopens in 2012 will be called the Berger Family Building, according to the newspaper.
In the 1980s, Geoffrey Hartman helped establish the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, a Yale-based collection of videotaped Holocaust testimonies he continues to head. The archive preceded Spielberg's Shoah Visual History Foundation by more than a decade.