As a member of the UNC General Alumni Association, I recently received a brochure inviting me to “Expand [my] mind!” by attending a talk on campus.

Some of the topics looked interesting: the archeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, a tour of the NC Botanical Garden, and an exploration of early copyright and music.

However, many of the offerings were seemed to be a program of continued-indoctrination (instead of -education).

Some examples:

  • “The Social Security Act: The Jewel in the Crown of American Social Welfare”
  • “Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters”
  • “Imagining His Body Violated: James Baldwin’s Sexual Construction of the South”
  • “There’s Always Work at the Post Office: African-American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice and Equality”
  • “Against All Odds: The American Struggle for Health Care Reform”

None of the lectures lean conservative–unless you count “Real NASCAR,” which is apparently what elitist leftists think we hoi polloi cling to when we’ve run out of guns and Jesus. Perhaps we should thank them for throwing us a bone?

You can read the whole list of course offerings here.