“Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains.”

Apologies to Shelley. And yet reading the emails sent around by UVa’s Board of Visitors really makes one feel despair. Great public universities can be utterly derailed by political appointees who get their attention caught up by the trivia in public media.

For the sorry mess, see here. And note the comment: one of the things cited was from a commencement addressed reprinted in the New Yorker.

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