Yet another university has bowed down to the fascist peer pressure of “white privilege.”
Yale University’s Art History Department recently announced that it will stop its storied introduction to art history course because student were “uneasy” over the focus on white, straight, European, male artists.
Instead of the decades old, fabled art history survey class, the Art History Department will now offer a range of courses on topics like “Art and Politics,” “The Silk Road,” “Global Craft,” and “Sacred Places.”
When it was announced that the survey of art history course would be cancelled after the 2020 spring semester, a flood of students tried to enroll in the class for the last time. The course’s instructor, Tim Barringer, stated to Yale News that he plans to create a class that shows that the history of art does not mean Western art, and that putting European art on a pedestal is “problematic.” He stated that his course will still cover art from 1300 to the present, but will he will also dilute the subject by somehow showing how art is related to gender, class, race, Western capitalism, and even … climate change.
While some students embraced the new curriculum others expressed profound dissatisfaction with the Art History Department’s decision. Some implied that the department was forcing students to take multiple courses to achieve the same content in one course, ripping them off for more tuition dollars, under the guise of diversity and inclusion.
Mahlon Sorensen stated to Yale News: “My biggest critique of the decision is that it’s a disservice to undergrads. If you get rid of that one, all-encompassing course, then to understand the Western canon of art, students are going to have to take multiple art history courses. Which is all well and good for the art history major, but it sucks for the rest of us, which, I would say, make up the vast majority of the people who are taking [HSAR 115].”