Harper’s letter

Teaching Materials

The original letter and signatures.
“A Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” Harper’s Magazine, July 7, 2020, https://harpers.org/a-letter-on-justice-and-open-debate/.

A More specific letter on justice and open debate (07/10/2020?)
The Objective, “A More Specific Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” accessed July 18, 2020, https://theobjective.substack.com/p/a-more-specific-letter-on-justice.

Daily Beast Response (07/07/2020)
Laura Bradley, “J.K. Rowling and Other Assorted Rich Fools Want to Cancel ‘Cancel Culture,’” The Daily Beast, July 7, 2020, sec. entertainment, https://www.thedailybeast.com/jk-rowling-and-other-assorted-rich-fools-want-to-cancel-cancel-culture.

Times coverage (07/10/2020)
Jennifer Schuessler, “An Open Letter on Free Expression Draws a Counterblast,” The New York Times, July 10, 2020, sec. Arts, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/arts/open-letter-debate.html.

Slate Coverage (07/10/2020)
Tom Scocca, “The Harper’s Letter Is What Happens When the Discourse Takes Precedence Over Reality,” Slate Magazine, July 10, 2020, https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/07/harpers-letter-reality-debate.html.

The Guardian Coverage (07/12/2020)
“Harper’s Free Speech Letter Has ‘Moved the Needle’, Says Organiser,” the Guardian, July 12, 2020, http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/jul/12/harpers-free-speech-letter-moved-needle-organiser-thomas-chatterton-williams.

The Atlantic (07/13/2020)
Hannah Giorgis, “A Deeply Provincial View of Free Speech,” The Atlantic, July 13, 2020, https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/07/harpers-letter-free-speech/614080/.

Michelle Goldberg Editorial (07/17/2020)
“Opinion | Do Progressives Have a Free Speech Problem? – The New York Times,” accessed July 18, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/opinion/harpers-letter-free-speech.html.


Osita Nwanevu et al., “The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism,” The New Republic, July 6, 2020, https://newrepublic.com/article/158346/willful-blindness-reactionary-liberalism.


The whole family just got tested for COVID-19. The operation at Sayre was thoroughly professional and as efficient as it could be.

I wish I had not read this article before departing. It is that bad.

Without rapid results, it is impossible to isolate new infections quickly enough to douse flare-ups before they grow. Slow diagnosis incapacitates contact tracing, which entails not only isolating those who test positive but also alerting the infected person’s contacts quickly so they can quarantine, too, and avoid exposing others to the virus unwittingly.

Right now, the professionals there indicated a four to eight day wait time.

Update: I read this today. I may read it with students as a way of discussing what the government can and can’t do.

Great Expectations

Just finished Great Expectations. First time I’ve read it since the fall of 1982. I have little memory of the book save for the charismatic English teacher who walked us through the early portion.

My highlights courtesy of kindle…