January 12, 2024

Hillary Clinton Criticized Over Boring Columbia University Lecture

Columbia University student Laalitya Acharya criticized Hillary Clinton's "decision-making" class, stating that the former secretary of state mainly recited passages from her book, becoming more like a politician as the semester progressed.

Clinton, alongside Columbia's dean, Keren Yarhi-Milo, taught "Inside the Situation Room" during the fall semester of 2023.

Acharya expressed disappointment in Clinton's teaching style, emphasizing a lack of relatability and a sense of disconnect with students.

Acharya hoped for a more personal professor-student relationship but found the class to be a one-sided speaking engagement.

She noted frustration as the course's purpose was to understand decision-making, yet it felt like Clinton and Yarhi-Milo were merely talking at the students.

As the semester unfolded, Acharya observed Clinton becoming less relatable and more entrenched in a political persona. Despite the course description promising analytical insights into leaders' decision-making processes, Acharya felt Clinton missed opportunities for unique insights and vulnerability.

Acharya believed Clinton could have been more honest and embraced her role as a professor rather than leaning on her political background.

While she didn't regret taking the class, she wished for a more authentic teaching approach from Clinton in her capacity as an educator.

The course description noted students will learn to “think carefully and analytically about how leaders… arrive at their decisions.”

“Students will be taught how to analyze and understand the complex interplay between individual psychology, domestic politics, public opinion, bureaucracy, the international environment, and other factors which feed into decisions about foreign policy,” the description continued.

The criticisms of Clinton's class add to ongoing critiques of the former presidential candidate who has recently sought to speak out more on behalf of President Joe Biden's reelection campaign as he faces the likelihood of a rematch against former President Donald Trump.

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