Having published fifty articles, two books, and given numerous talks, I went through the tenure process unanimously at every level of the university. I was finally denied tenure by John Silber, President of Boston University, who not only ignored the various tenure committee recommendations but solicited letters supporting denial of my tenure from notable conservatives such as Nathan Glazer and Chester Finn. Glazer’s review was embarrassing in that it began with the comment, “ I have read all of the work of Robert Giroux.” The Dean of Education had threatened to resign if I did not receive tenure. Of course, he didn’t. Silber’s actions had a chilling effect on many faculty who had initially rallied to my support. Slowly, over the course of the year, they backed away from challenging Silber, realizing that the tenure process was a rigged affair and that anyone who complained about it might compromise their own academic career. One faculty member apologized to me for his refusal to meet with Silber to protest my tenure decision. Arguing that he owned two condos in the city, he explained that he couldn’t afford to act on his conscience since he would be risking his investments. Of course, his conscience took a back seat in his list of assets.