In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at a new trend in big-money funding at colleges and universities. Conservative foundations are making a concerted effort to fund programs that add right-wing voices to the campus dialog.
This is a shift in focus from what I call 'think-tank model' funding that they've done for years -- and from funding of campus activities (like conservative student newspapers) outside the faculty and department structure.
I took a close look at ideologically-backed funding on college campuses (from left and right) about six years ago, in a piece I was quite proud of called Buying the Campus Mind.
The new article is here:
Right Turn On Campus: Big conservative funders are making a new push at universities