The revised Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges, released Monday, evaluates and ranks the top 50 US liberal arts colleges and top 150 US universities based on their policies regarding academic freedom and freedom of speech; their campus culture; and their history of handling controversial topics. Here is our methodology.
In the latest episode of Half Hour of Heterodoxy, Chris Martin interviewed Cristine Legare, HxA member and professor of psychology at UT Austin. We talked about why socio-economic diversity matters at universities, and how professors can incorporate contentious religious and political topics into classes.
Professors who comment on white racism and white supremacy are likely to have their statements misrepresented on sites like Campus Reform and The Daily Caller, writes sociologist Matthew Hughey, and these misrepresentations elicit harassment, intimidation, and violent threats. Professors who have received such threats include Saida Grundy, Zandria Robinson, and Tommy Curry—and most recently, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and Johnny Eric Williams. (The Chronicle of Higher Ed has two related articles.)
History of education professor and HxA member Jonathan Zimmerman criticizes Harvard’s decision to retract offers of admission from ten students who shared racist and obscene memes online. Zimmerman argues that even though Harvard has the right to rescind admission, future students will likely place an even greater priority on suppressing any opinion that might offend someone.
On MPR News, social science professor Bill Doherty presented 11 ways to talk politics with someone who disagrees. Doherty is known for his online project Better Angels, which aims to help Americans move past political insults, and find common ground.
Data from the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report show that social media usage may not embed people in political echo chambers. In contrast to non-users, social media users are likely to be exposed to an atypical political viewpoint.