We are a politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities.
We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.
To reverse this process, we have come together to advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy.
Recent Blog Posts
Weekly Roundup of Heterodoxy—March 24, 2017 Edition Read more →
At Princeton University, professors Robert P. George and Cornel West published the statement “Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Expression.” Of the 364 current signatories, a majority are American professors, and the roster includes Roger Scruton, Sir Angus Deaton, Peter Singer, and Mary Ann Glendon.
Professor Allison Stanger, who invited Charles Murray to Middlebury, published her reflections on the angry mob at Middlebury.
Frank Bruni, who appeared alongside Jon Haidt on the Charlie Rose Show last week, published an op-ed on the “dangerous safety of college” highlighting Heterodox Academy, which also comments on the events at Middlebury.
From Heterodox Academy:
Heterodox Academy congratulates Northwestern University, home of Laura Kipnis and former home of Alice Dreger, where the student government passed a series of resolutions in favor of viewpoint diversity and freedom from censorship.
Heterodox Academy membership has been steadily growing, as more academics become aware of the many benefits viewpoint diversity provides students, professors, and administrators. In a typical week, however, we add somewhere between 10 and 15 new members, but last week we inducted 53. Though we can’t be certain, this interest was likely motivated by media appearances by co-founder Jonathan Haidt discussing the events at Middlebury College and increased attention on the issue of political orthodoxy on campus. Here are some points to consider about our new members:
1. None of the new members are from Middlebury. This isn’t a knock against Middlebury; I expect some Middlebury professors will join in the near future. But this fact suggests that concern about the Middlebury incident isn’t localized. Even if we expand “local” to mean the Northeast where Middlebury is located, we only find 12 of the 53 new members are from... Read more →
The disruption of Charles Murray’s talk at Middlebury College has been a focal point in the news of late. Here are accounts of what transpired from:Charles Murray Prof. Allison Stanger, who invited Murray Prof. Ata Anzali from the Religion department Prof. Matthew Dickinson from the Political Science department Middlebury undergraduates President of Middlebury College, Laurie Patton
Post-event, more than 25 percent of Middlebury faculty have signed a statement in support of viewpoint diversity and free inquiry.
On Monday, 3/6, Jon Haidt appeared with Frank Bruni on Charlie Rose to discuss Middlebury, viewpoint diversity, and the academy (video available in link).
Other noteworthy news items included an announcement that Northwestern University became the first university to pass a motion calling for more viewpoint diversity on campus.
We also published:Free Inquiry on Campus: A Statement of Principles by a Collection of Middlebury... Read more →
Jonathan Haidt appeared with author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni on The Charlie Rose Show to discuss recent events surrounding Charles Murray's speaking event at Middlebury College last week. In a far-reaching discussion moderated by Dan Senor filling in for Charlie Rose, Haidt and Bruni analyzed the many causes of the rising illiberalism college campuses, which makes many students and professors reluctant to voice dissenting opinions. Read more →
To increase viewpoint diversity in the academy.