March 29, 2005


Where Were You on 1/14? (Sally Satel, M.D., Christina Hoff Sommers, March 29, 2005, Wall Street Journal)

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University hosted a conference last week entitled "Impediments to Change: Revisiting the Women in Science Question." The auditorium in Agassiz Theatre in Radcliffe Yard was packed. Dedicated in 1904, the theatre has been the site of many a spirited intellectual exchange. But on this day it was a forum not for debate but for indignation over the insult that the assembled referred to as "1/14"--the date when Harvard President Larry Summers fatefully speculated about the possibility of inborn differences between the sexes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 29, 2005 6:15 PM

It's highly doubtful the ones most offended by this stupid episode will be the movers and shakers of the free World. I guess we can take comfort in that.

Posted by: Tom Wall at March 29, 2005 10:51 PM

Unfortunately 1/14 is just too darned close to Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday not to cause a clash between Democratic Party special interest groups if the Radcliffians really want to make it into some sort of national feminist awakening day. They'll have to settle for Summers' Harvard facluty censure day or some other more fortuatously-timed date.

Posted by: John at March 30, 2005 12:08 AM

We could just call it 28-day Brigade Day.

Posted by: ratbert at March 30, 2005 10:47 AM

This is too rich. Does anyone think Summers has trouble keeping a straight face?

Posted by: Luciferous at March 30, 2005 12:26 PM