Episode 13: Progressives Are Trying to Take Over Medieval Studies—Rachel Fulton Brown
The critical theorists and social justice warriors are trying to do to medieval studies what they’ve done to other disciplines, and if you don’t get on board, you’re a white supremacist. Over the past two years or so, the mob has targeted University of Chicago professor Rachel Fulton Brown, calling her a fascist, trying to intimidate her department into censuring her, and banning her from conference sessions. She joins me to discuss her ordeal, why even tenured professors are willing to stand up for unpopular truths, and the stakes of the battle for medieval studies.
Rachel Fulton Brown’s academic homepage http://home.uchicago.edu/~rfulton/
Milo Yiannopoulos’s essay “Why the Battle for Medieval Studies Matters to America” (profanity warning) https://www.dangerous.com/45111/middle-rages/
Rachel’s fascinating Professional Self-Portrait http://home.uchicago.edu/~rfulton/Professional%20Self%20Portrait.pdf
Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought:
2:56 Rachel Fulton Brown
3:41 The initial blog post that made Rachel’s colleagues angry
10:15 Rachel’s friendship with Milo Yiannopoulos
15:19 The progressive witch hunt within medieval studies
28:25 The letter 1,500 academics signed attempting to get her department to censure her
34:40 Rachel’s defenders in academia
36:49 Why even tenured academics fear the mob
41:23 Critical theorists coming from English literature into medieval studies
45:27 What will be lost if medieval studies is taken over by progressives: the study of Christianity
48:15 Rachel’s unique academic method and her scholarly writings on Mary
53:24 This week’s reading: Bl. John Henry Newman
Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus.
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