Heterodox Academy and FIRE host a live panel discussion on viewpoint diversity and free speech

NEW YORK, N.Y. – 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 new academic year has already seen a flurry of campus protests and incidents involving “controversial” speakers. In an increasingly contentious and polarized academic environment, viewpoint diversity is key to breaking through ideological echo chambers and exposing students to different perspectives.

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?

Scheduled, politically-diverse panelists include:

Jonathan Haidt, HxA co-founder and NYU-Stern ethics professor, will provide introductory remarks while Nico Perrino, FIRE’s Director of Communications, will moderate.

The event will be recorded for FIRE’s So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast and broadcast live via the Facebook pages of FIRE and Heterodox Academy. A Q&A will follow the panel discussion. Those on the livestream will be encouraged to pose questions to the panelists.

Heterodox Academy is a 501(c)(3) association of more than 1,250 professors and graduate student affiliates who have come together to express their support for increasing viewpoint diversity — particularly political and ideological diversity — in universities.

Please click here to RSVP. Seating is limited and registration will close when seats are full.


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For more information, please contact Vanessa Oblinger at 202-997-1289 / vanessa@javelindc.com or Jeremy Willinger at 212-992-6815 / willinger@heterodoxacademy.org