At Inside Higher Ed, Jeremy Bauer-Wolf covers Harvard’s Open Campus Initiative, an incipient student organization whose purpose is to “offer ideological diversity for the student body where it is believed to be lacking.”
At the sociology blog Orgtheory, Heterodox Academy member Fabio Rojas argues that allowing Charles Murray to speak at Indiana University is consistent with the aims of the research enterprise.
Phoebe Maltz Bovy talked about her new book on the usefulness of “privilege,” a construct that pervades academic and non-academic conversations. The book is titled The Perils of “Privilege”: Why Injustice Can’t Be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage.
Bryce Edwards has a comprehensive review of the state of free speech and liberalism at New Zealand’s universities.
Rita Cheng, the president of Northern Arizona University, was met with protests and demands for resignation when she criticized safe spaces, suggesting that they diminish a student’s ability to develop skills they need.
The mainstream diversity movement, argues Elizabeth Corey in National Affairs, tends toward uniformly, instead of spurring us to engaging with unfamiliar ideas and people.
Aiming for greater ideological diversity in one’s news diet is complicated because people have to evaluate the trustworthiness of unfamiliar sources. The Digital Polarization Initiative at Washington State University-Vancouver has created a wiki to simplify this task.
On our blog, we published two posts by students:
- Seeking Common (Law) Grounds by Kendall Burchard, on a new initiative at UVA Law School to promote dialogue between ideological factions
- My Viewpoint Diversity Journey at Northwestern by Lauren Thomas about how she shepherded resolutions that promote viewpoint diversity through Northwestern’s student government