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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—October 20, 2017 Edition

At Heterodox Academy

Amy Wax on Dissent and Disagreement at Penn Law

Video of the Heterodox Academy and FIRE Panel on Viewpoint Diversity

Elsewhere on the Web

Education in the Age of Outrage by Kelly Oliver, The New York Times’s The Stone

Presidents and Provosts gather to Discuss Free Speech Issues by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

How to Respond to Richard Spencer by Will Creeley, The New York Times

Does Disruption Violate Free Speech? by Howard Gillman and Erwin Chemerinsky, The Chronicle of Higher Education

When Conservatives Suppress Campus Speech by Kashana Cauley, The New York Times’s On Campus

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Weekly Roundup of Heterodoxy—October 13, 2017 Edition

At Heterodox Academy

Viewpoint Diversity on Campus: A Panel Featuring Mark Lilla, Nadine Strosse, Jonathan Haidt, April Kelly-Woessner, and Sam Abrams

Arthur Sakamoto on Paradigms in Sociology | Half Hour of Heterodoxy #14

Elsewhere on the Web

Steven Pinker’s Remarks at the October 3 Faculty Meeting

A Dangerous Withdrawal by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

Lessons Learned at the FIRE Conference by George Yancey, Shattering Paradigms

Campus Chaos: Daily Shout-Downs for a Week by Stanley Kurtz, National Review’s The Corner

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Video of the Heterodox Academy and FIRE Panel on Viewpoint Diversity

Heterodox Academy (HxA) and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) livestreamed and hosted a panel discussion in front of a packed audience last night at New York University. The discussion focused on the decline in viewpoint diversity in higher education and its impact on the quality of research, scholarship, education, as well as its consequences for American democracy. The full video is now available. Read more →

Arthur Sakamoto on Paradigms in Sociology: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #14

Half Hour of Heterodoxy is now an audio-only podcast. We’ll still upload episodes to Youtube if you’d prefer to get them there, but we suggest that you subscribe through iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, or any other app of your choice, or listen using the audio player in the blog post. 

Show Notes

In today’s episode, I interview Arthur Sakamoto. Arthur is a professor of sociology at Texas A&M. Prior to working there, he worked at the University of Texas, Austin, from 1989 to 2013. He specializes in economic sociology... Read more →

Weekly Roundup of Heterodoxy—October 6, 2017 Edition

At Heterodox Academy

Heterodox Academy and FIRE to Host Panel Discussion on Viewpoint Diversity on October 10

Elsewhere on the Web

Take Back the Ivory Tower by Alice Dreger, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Two Incommensurable Americas by Peter Murphy, Quadrant

College With Liberal Reputation Wants to Recruit Conservative Students by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

Is Post-Modernism to Blame for Our Post-Truth World?, a panel discussion at LSE/The Forum for European Philosophy

Flip-Flopping on Free Speech by Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

Why Conservative Women are Persisting by Karin Agness Lips, Forbes

Americans support free speech on college campus…most of the time by Kathy Frankovic, YouGov

Inside the Free-Speech Case That Caught Jeff Sessions’ Eye by Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education

My Alma Mater American University Cancelled My Title IX ‘Hate Speech’ Panel by Elizabeth Nolan Brown,... Read more →

Heterodox Academy and FIRE to Host Panel Discussion on Viewpoint Diversity

Heterodox Academy (HxA) and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) have partnered to host a live panel discussion at New York University on Tuesday, October 10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.The panel will address the following pressing questions central to the future of higher education and American society: Why are many modern college campuses suffering from a decline in viewpoint diversity? Do our country’s universities prepare students for life in a politically divided democracy, or might they be teaching habits of thought that will add to political divisions? Does political orthodoxy reduce the quality of research, scholarship, and education? Read more →

Glenn Loury on Faculty and Administrators: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #13

Glenn Loury (@GlennLoury) is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He has taught previously at Boston, Harvard and Northwestern Universities, and the University of Michigan. He hosts the Glenn Show at Bloggingheads.tv, where he has talked to John McWhorter, Rob Montz, Amy Wax, and others about campus politics and the censorship of unorthodox views.

0:00 Intro; NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly at Brown, and the aftermath 9:36 Faculty appreciate the gravity of the problem 14:00 “Prof. Loury, don’t you... Read more →


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