The Miller Center for Public Affairs announced yesterday the formation of the War Powers Commission, a bipartisan panel to research the Constitutional questions of waging war. The commission consists of various well-reputed men and women of letters, including Doris Kearns Goodwin -- the Pulitzer Prize-winning author hired as the Commission's historical advisor, who publicly apologized in 2002 for plagiarizing some of her colleague's work. Perhaps this reveals the quickness with which some at the University discard standards of honor when it becomes convenient to do so. At the very least, it seems odd when a University that enshrines honor and expels anyone convicted of plagiarism hires an admitted plagiarist.
Neither faculty nor guest researchers are bound by the honor code officially, but one hopes we would hold them to the same standard, or at least honestly confront Goodwin's reputation and the Miller Center's decision to ignore it. Their apparent disregard for that small matter of Ms. Goodwin's history says at least one thing: Goodwin's value to the Miller Center eclipses the ethical question of hiring someone who admits to having violating the principles of the University's honor code.
from a previous IPBiz post (text by Velvel directed to Posner):
There is one final point. Even if we do now have a general culture of non-writing, the people who recently have found themselves in trouble -- Ogletree and Tribe -- and the ones who previously got in difficulty because of a charge of plagiarism -- Ambrose, Kearns-Goodwin, to some extent Dershowitz -- have made their lives in a specific sub-culture of writing. So they in particular should not have had books, for which they claimed credit, written in part or whole by others, and should not have plagiarized. You know, it is sad to say, but may be inevitable, that what has been coming to public notice will lead to questioning of the bona fides of what is done generally at the Harvard Law School, in other parts of Harvard University, and at other top ranked and lesser institutions.
On plagiarism, ghost writing, and falsities
History of the Kearns plagiarism matter
[IPBiz notes that Tribe's plagiarism was at the expense of a University of Virginia professor.]