Tomorrow, UCLA is a holding a "Processing the Election" event. The event's posted description states:
This event will offer us, as a community, a chance to gather, discuss, and digest yesterday’s Presidential election. Many of us were shocked by last night’s results. For some, this shock was accompanied by earnest excitement about our new President-elect. For others, the results have generated deep anxiety and distress – an understandable response given the rhetoric targeting certain communities throughout the campaign.
As Bruins, as members of a great university, it is our obligation to model how a community comes together in a moment like this to listen, to assess, to move forward. Together. Tomorrow’s CrossCheck Live, which attempts to bring together a range of perspectives and voices from across our campus, has been crafted in that spirit.
I know three of the folks on the panel and the moderator. They are all people of good will whom I like and respect. But they are also very much people of the left (indeed, I think it would be fair to say, very left in most cases). I don't know the rest of the panel members, except by reputation, but as far as I can tell none of them of them are right of center. In fact, as far as I can tell, none of them even fall into the center-left.
This qualifies as a "range of perspectives"?
Who on this panel will speak to--let alone for--students who have "earnest excitement about our new President-elect"? Nobody is the answer.
Sadly, but not surprisingly, this is happening at universities all over the country. What the people putting these programs together don't seem to get is that it is not every student or faculty member shares their world view. As such, while they worry a lot about people being alienated, they are blind to the sense of alienation felt by students or faculty who don't share their PC orthodoxy. Of course, they also don't seem to get that the election result is, in some small--but not, I think insignificant--part, a reaction to the pervasive left-liberal hegemony on college campuses.
Update: I am very pleased to report that they are adding my friend and colleague Eugene Volokh to the panel. Eugene, of course, is the popular head of the libertarian-leaning Volokh Conspiracy blog. He'll be badly outnumbered, but Eugene can more than hold his own.