Back in the 1990s when I was teaching at NYU I taught a seminar to undergraduates on Race, Gender and Income Inequality. It was a great experience for me -- not only are the topics discussion worthy, the students were motivated and super smart, and the readings were provocative and intellectually challenging to sacred taboos left, right and center. NYU at the time actually was full of controversial discussion -- Jacques Derrida was affiliated and spent time on the campus each year, the Sokal Affair took place at NYU (with both parties to the hoax working there) -- and was an environment that encouraged rigorous debate among faculty and students. In my class I used various essays by Camille Paglia to initiate the conversation over gender issues, so I was very thrilled when my colleague Tyler Cowen announced he would be hosting her for one of his now famous conversations. This "conversation" was actually going to be a dream of mine, since I had failed in a much earlier attempt to get Camille Paglia to (a) review Cowen's In Praise of Commercial Culture, and (b) get her to come to GMU to give a talk on the economic dimensions of culture.
Watching this conversation lived up to all the expectations. Enjoy!