Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Humiliation and Harvard

“I’ve known about this for years,” [terrorism expert Jessica] Stern said, “but until I wrote this book, I didn’t make the connection. I’m not sure how you study it, but I do think it’s there. Humiliation is definitely a risk factor [for becoming a terrorist], and this may be a particular kind of it.”

She paused and added: “But why humiliation in some places and some people but not others? Harvard is a humiliation factory, and yet we don’t produce a lot of terrorists.”
--Charles McGrath, NYT, on how one Harvard lecturer sees Harvard

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