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Couldn’t Attend the HxA Open Mind Conference? Watch It Now!

According to the buzz in the hallways of The Times Center and on Twitter (#HxA2018), the inaugural Heterodox Academy Open Mind Conference was a great success. For those who were unable to attend, panel descriptions and videos follow below.  Transcripts have been generously compiled by friend of Heterodox Academy Stephen Messenger, available on his website,..

HxA Open Mind Award Winner: Lindsay Shepherd

Amidst the story of controversy that enveloped WLU, Shepherd did some deep soul searching. Many in her position would have resigned from the teaching assistant position, acquiescing or otherwise altering their educational strategies. But Shepherd did the opposite. She doubled down on her commitment to viewpoint diversity, refusing to change her methods.

HxA Open Mind Award Winner: BridgeUSA

By coming together to have honest, respectful, and, potentially impassioned conversations, students learn how to debate without demonizing. BridgeUSA has done an outstanding job creating these opportunities for mutual understanding across a growing number of campuses, which is why we are proud to recognize its initiative and success with the HxA Open Mind Award for Outstanding Student Group.

HxA Open Mind Award Winner: Zach Wood

Zachary Wood has advocated for viewpoint diversity in front of students, senators, and everyday citizens. But before he got to Washington and the TED stage, Wood was a student at Williams College. It was there that he first made a name for himself in the viewpoint diversity community and on campus.

Call for Submissions: HxA Raindrops Initiative

Please, share your stories.  If you are a member of a university community and have witnessed silencing or shaming behaviors in response to good-faith comments or questions, or other forms of active discrimination by students, faculty or staff on the basis of someone’s apparent viewpoints or commitments, tell your story using this Google form, in as few or as many words as you wish. Invite your colleagues and students to share their experiences. While we will be unable to publish every story we receive, we look forward to sharing as many of them as possible (with the writer’s permission).

Announcing the Winners of the HxA Open Mind Awards

Heterodox Academy is delighted to announce the winners of the first-ever HxA Open Mind Awards. These awards honor the courageous individuals and innovative institutions that are making academic life better by helping others to reap the benefits of viewpoint diversity. The awards will be conferred and the honorees will be celebrated at a conference in New York City on June 14 and 15. Here are the awards and the winners:

All Minus One Now Available in Paperback

We first launched ALL MINUS ONE: John Stuart Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech Illustrated as a free PDF download and Kindle edition. Although, our plan all along was to also publish a special paperback version that allows the vivid illustrations to pop off the page and provide a tangible resource to enjoy the wisdom, philosophy and guidance from chapter 2 of Mill’s On Liberty.

New HxA Member Interview Video

Heterodox Academy has quickly grown from a small group of roughly a dozen professors to more than 1,700 as of early January 2018. Over the summer of 2017, we interviewed select members about their motivations to join the organization and the issues that arise in climates of orthodoxy on campus. The goal was to present,..