Are UC campuses too liberal?

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There’s a new report out this week that’s sure to stoke debate and discussion on every University of California campus. Titled “Crisis of Competence,” it argues that the free exchange of ideas on public university campuses is being put at risk by a growing tide of liberal teaching and political correctness, one which excludes conservatives from the academic conversation. (Here’s the PDF of the report.) I talked to the report’s author, John Ellis. He’s a professor emeritus of German literature at UC Santa Cruz and president of the conservative-leaning California Association of Scholars. He takes issue with the way American history is taught, saying there’s a “complete neglect of anything positive in American history.”