For an Ivy League school that trains students from the high-end society, you would expect Harvard University to be at the forefront in matters to do with diversity. That is not the case at all. It seems like the students are growing into closed-minded citizens who have a hard time accepting views that are different from those they ascribe to—not a good thing in a country as diverse as America.
A Complainant Against Harvard
Just last week, James Lindsay, via his Twitter account, revealed that the Harvard Business School Club of New York canceled a session he was scheduled to have with them. Lindsay, who is the author of “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody,” stated that the issue began when someone made a complaint against him.
When he didn’t back down, the management canceled the event altogether.
The initial moderator of the session, Jean-Louis Maserati, was swapped with HBSCNY’s chief equity officer, Hemali Dassani. Dassani had raised a concern with the administration, stating that Maserati was biased toward Lindsay’s school of thought. According to Dassani, Lindsay’s ideas would all go unchallenged under Maserati’s moderation.
James Lindsay had agreed to carry on with the session despite the change but warned that it would probably be more heated than it would have been with the initial moderator. In his words, he “intended to embarrass her [Dassani] if she became hostile” to him. This, according to Lindsay, is what led to the cancellation.
The event was supposed to feature a discussion and Q&A session on James Lindsay’s book. The book highlights how anti-Enlightenment beliefs present a threat to liberal democracy and even modernity. These beliefs include subjective truth, language as violence, and cancel culture. This is what makes it so interesting that the event ended up canceled.