[S]ome faculty . . . want to put the brakes on a plan to name a new research center after the Nobel Prize-winning economist.Dude. You're a professor of religious history. What the hell do you know about economics? Besides which, please explain to me the need for "diversity" in economics. An economic proposition is either true or it is false. What these campus lefties actually want is equal time for collectivist falsehoods.
In a letter to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer, 101 professors . . . said they feared that having a center named after the conservative, free-market economist could "reinforce among the public a perception that the university's faculty lacks intellectual and ideological diversity."
About a half-dozen faculty members aired their concerns Tuesday in a meeting with Zimmer and Provost Thomas Rosenbaum, who remain committed to the project. Rosenbaum said the university plans to put about $500,000 toward launching the center next year, but it hopes the expected $200 million endowment for the center will come mostly from private funds from alumni and business leaders.
"It is a right-wing think tank being put in place," said Bruce Lincoln, a professor of the history of religions and one of the faculty members who met with the administration Tuesday.
(Via Insty and Volokh.)