"To say that our elite colleges and universities are mired in a toxic
stew of left-leaning intolerance, indoctrination, and identity politics
is to indulge in a cliche. Indeed, the decline and fall of higher
education has been a recurring theme of conservative criticism, from
William F. Buckley's 'God and Man at Yale' to 'The Closing of the
American Mind' by Allan Bloom. But it is not until the publication of
this book that we have our first insider account of what it is like to
actually live at one of these universities."
Stephen Beale (Brown 2004), New Hampshire Union Leader, Foundation for Intellectual Diversity, president
"Like his opinions or not, Travis Rowley's memoir of life as a
conservative undergraduate (and football player) at Brown University,
perhaps the most predictably liberal major university in the country,
is immensely entertaining. With great vividness, his story presents
America's culture wars with youthful outrage, humor, disillusionment,
and hope - all informed by intense observation and high energy. Mr.
Rowley's description of incidents on Brown's politically correct campus
are by turns hilarious, infuriating, and intriguing as he provides one
of the sharpest and most detailed inside looks at elite higher
education seen in a long time, Tom Wolfe's 'I am Charlotte Simmons'
included. There are few powerful college interest groups - sexual,
ethnic, political or otherwise - that Mr. Rowley won't take on with glee.
This guy is a gladiator against PC, and his show would fill the Roman
Coliseum, or at least make some parents wonder whether to pay so much
to send their kids to fancy colleges. William F. Buckley Jr. launched
his career with 'God and Man at Yale.' Travis Rowley, though a regular
guy and no would-be Mandarin, may have done the same with his
adventures at Brown."
Robert Whitcomb, editorial-pages editor, Providence Journal
"During his collegiate life, Travis Rowley was obviously one of the few
on College Hill who proudly wore both a Brown sweatshirt and a brown
shirt. Out of Ivy will leave anyone who isn't far left or far right
alternately slapping their forehead and slapping their knee. It is nice
to know that there are indeed Ivy League conservatives who have a
terrific sense of humor. In Out of Ivy, Travis wears his heart on his
Chip Young (Brown 1972), author of Phillippe and Jorge's Cool, Cool World (Providence Phoenix)
Find Out of Ivy on Amazon.com, or the Brown University Bookstore!
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Out-Ivy-Liberal-Committed-Conservative/dp/1419632612/ref=ed_oe_p