| by Aaron Hanlon

An article by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon titled “The Myth of the Liberal ‘Echo Chamber’ on Campus” in the New Republic magazine challenges the notion in essays by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof “that liberals in academia—people like me—are intolerant of, and politically biased against, conservatives on campus.” Highlighting events at Colby pre- and post-election, Hanlon notes, “Even at elite liberal arts colleges, there’s a lot more dialogue between liberals and conservatives than critics suggest.” Hanlon also cites the work of his colleague Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross to point out that a “largely liberal faculty doesn’t guarantee a systematic liberal one-sidedness or indoctrination in the classroom.” Kristof’s essays of 2016, Hanlon argues, “contribute to the enduring strain of anti-intellectualism in American politics.”