Monday, April 7, 2014

Columbia fires homelessness researcher because he failed to raise enough grant money

In fact, the school of public health at Columbia has fired two of its leading public intellectuals, Carole Vance and Kim Hopper.  Both were in soft-money jobs that required them to generate funding for the institution, and when the NIH grant money dried up, so did their jobs. 

Nicholas Kristof wrote a column in the Times in February calling on professors to take on a greater role in public debates, noting that universities “have fostered a culture that glorifies arcane unintelligibility while disdaining impact and audience."  The Nation responds: "Kristof is right that universities have become inhospitable places for public intellectuals, but he misses the ultimate cause. The real problem isn’t culture. It’s money."

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