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+ AnnouncementWe feel increasingly confident about the first element here: more than 2400 faculty, grad students and administrators have joined our ranks, endorsing their commitment to viewpoint diversity, constructive disagreement and open inquiry. And we are…Read More+ AnnouncementAccording 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. …Read More+ AnnouncementZachary 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…Read More+ AnnouncementInstitutional pressure and potential career damage will intimidate most people into acquiescence. But not Alice Dreger, which is why we are awarding her the first-ever HxA Open Mind Award for Courage.Read More+ AnnouncementBy 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…Read More+ AnnouncementAmidst 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…Read More+ AnnouncementA number of colleges and universities are making inroads to strengthen viewpoint diversity on their campuses. Yet, no institution of higher learning has taken as many concrete and substantive steps – and, in turn, become as influential in the…Read More+ AnnouncementPlease, 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…Read More+ AnnouncementHeterodox 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…Read More+ AnnouncementNEW YORK, N.Y. – Heterodox Academy (HxA), a collaborative organization dedicated to increasing intellectual diversity in higher education, has chosen Dr. Debra Mashek (@DebMashekHxA) to be its new Executive Director. Dr. Mashek is a social…Read More+ Opinion PieceNew UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ issued a powerful statement on the value of free speech on campus to students, faculty, and staff. Many points echo both the mission of Heterodox Academy and the sources we use as inspiration.Read More+ Opinion PieceZachary Wood, President of Uncomfortable Learning (a group that invites controversial speakers to campus) and member of the Class of 2018 at Williams College, delivered compelling testimony on the value of free speech and viewpoint diversity in the…Read More+ AnnouncementJonathan Haidt was honored with a 2017 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award for co-founding Heterodox Academy. The awards “celebrate those who have broken the mold to create significant impact” and are rooted in Harvard Business School Professor…Read More+ Announcement Read More+ Opinion PieceWe at Heterodox Academy believe viewpoint diversity is vital to the academy and we support reasoned debate, discussion and engagement of different perspectives. So, when we saw that HXA member Robert Mather of the University of Central…Read More
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