In The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools, HxA member Jonathan Zimmermann, professor at U Penn, and Emily Robertson, associate professor emerita at Syracuse, argue against the elision of controversial topics. Here’s a lecture by lecture by Zimmermann on the same topic.
Chapman university published a dialogue between two of its professors—HxA member Vernon Smith, a libertarian, and Peter McLaren, a Marxist humanist—to show that “fervent but respectful dialogue” can occur between political opponents.
In Middlebury: My Divided Campus, Allison Stanger recounts how her invitation to Charles Murray was an attempt to debate him—to “grill him face-to-face”—the protesters at Middlebury deemed his mere presence unacceptable.
In this Wall Street Journal interview on campus orthodoxy and Heterodox Academy, Jonathan Haidt digs into the alt-religion underpinning the Middlebury incident and similar violent protests.
Also writing about Middlebury, HxA member Flagg Taylor, associate professor at Skidmore College, writes about the new tendency to valorize passion and engagement and the pernicious consequences of this trend.
In Safe Spaces and Free Speech, HxA member Samuel Veissière, professor at McGill University, writes about his mixed reactions to political engagement among his students, and the shared faculty concern about the increased vulnerability and decreasing coping skills of today’s students.
Law professor and veteran blogger, Eugene Volokh, gave a talk on the legal nuances of free speech on campus at an event held by the Reason Foundation.
Lee Jussim, founding member of Heterodox Academy, has a new precis of his book on stereotype accuracy. A good portion of addresses the taboo against such research. Responses by Madison, Dutton, and Stern; Kahan; and me (Chris Martin) attempt to explain this taboo.
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We also announced an initiative on viewpoint diversity on international campuses.