Today's technological revolutions calls for a comprehensive reinvention. The potential benefits of discoveries and new applications in robotics, biotechnology, digital technologies and other areas are all around us and easy to see. Indeed, many believe that the world economy may be on the cusp of another explosion in new technologies.
Freedom of inquiry and thought must surely encompass the right of students to discuss and think about ideas, including illiberal ideas. The idea that a "Nietzsche Club," in particular, is not appropriate for a serious university (one with several Nietzsche scholars on its faculty, ironically enough) is astonishing.
In some ways, my decade of professional nomadism has been about trying to find a job that will admit the highest percentage of me through the door. Teaching is about as close as I've come, and that's still only 40 or 50 percent. There's very little time for anything else, and if I had a girlfriend, there'd probably be none at all.