And that’s no Bologna, according to this columnist (I couldn’t resisit the pun).
It’s really too bad the idea of the university has apparently run its course, a ship smashed to splinters on the rocks of political correctness.
Universities have had a good long run.
The very first was organized in Bologna and the first reference to it is an imperial decree from Frederick Barbarossa in 1158…
As they developed, universities taught the use of logical, dispassionate observation to investigate nature — thanks, Aristotle! — which conflicted, of course, with the position of the dominant social and political force of the time, the Roman Catholic Church.
Over the years, schools became a place where the struggle between divergent opinions was not only tolerated but encouraged, in the hope of determining what was true and what was real, because it was conflicts between points of view that helped define truth.
Of course, the concept of truth itself is long dead in universitiy administration, so what were we expecting?