Buried way too deep in this article about which horrifyingly awful Stanford professor would put together a conference where of the approximately 30 people presenting, all 30 were white men, the answer was of course the vile Niall Ferguson.
Priya Satia, a professor of history at Stanford University, found out about the Applied History Conference being hosted at her university two days before it was set to start. While scrolling through her Facebook newsfeed, she saw that a friend had posted about the conference’s lineup of presenters: All 30 were white men.
The conference’s organizer said he had invited several female scholars to speak at the conference, held this month and sponsored by Stanford’s Hoover Institution and the Belfer Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. But none accepted.
Critics are skeptical of the effort made to attract a more diverse set of historians.
Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, organized the conference, which he described as the first of its kind and an annual event. He said nearly one-quarter of the attendees were women, though none of them had been invited to present their research.
The conference, which took place on March 2 and 3, was invitation-only and was not publicized. Historians received a personal invitation to attend. Ferguson said he had selected speakers based on informal conversations with colleagues.
An official website for the conference has been taken down, but a screenshot of the presenters has been making the rounds online. Headshots of the presenters appear in rows and columns in the online images. Some smile, while others look stern. All of them are men, and all are white.
Ferguson said the presenters he had invited largely came from a network of his contacts.
You don’t say!
Now that this has gotten some real attention, Ferguson is claiming to apologize while practically begging people to boycott his next all-white, all-male conference so he can be crucified on the cross of political correctness and get some more wingnut welfare!
For his part, Mr. Ferguson was still apologetic on Friday, saying in an email reply to a follow-up question: “I have no doubt that there are many talented female historians whom I should have invited. I reproach myself for not knowing them and not having done more to get to know them. If any good has come of all this negative publicity, perhaps I shall now get to know them.”
He added: “Or perhaps the result will instead be a boycott of future events I organize. We shall see.”