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Heterodox Academy

Northern Kentucky University


The Campus Community at Northern Kentucky University (The Gray Areas Guild) seeks to promote free exploration of ideas, mutual understanding, and respectful conversation among people of differing perspectives at NKU and in the TriState region.

The flag of the Commonwealth of Kentucky reads “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” Unfortunately, divisiveness often seems the order of the modern day. People are angry. People are frustrated. And as their interest in understanding each other dwindles, their ability to respectfully discuss differing views erodes.

As places of learning, universities should be uniquely positioned to address these issues, to bridge gaps, acknowledge disparate perspectives, and illustrate ways to compassionately and thoughtfully engage with people whose perceptions vary from one’s own.

This, however, does not always occur, and – as a result – faculty, staff, and students may self-censor, effectively limiting opportunities to learn, to understand alternative outlooks, and to develop and practice critical thinking skills.

As a Heterodox Academy (HxA) community, the Gray Areas Guild seeks to promote the values of open inquiry (the ability to ask questions and share ideas without fear of reprisal), viewpoint diversity (seeking diverse perspectives when exploring ideas and working toward solutions), and constructive disagreement (discussing issues with respect and with the goal of understanding and learning from people who have different points of view). The Gray Areas Guild strives to celebrate and encourage these values and welcomes your support and participation.

Campus Co-Chairs

Meet the leaders building the Northern Kentucky University Campus Community

Greg Hatchett

Greg Hatchett

Professor, School of Kinesiology, Counseling, & Rehabilitative Science
Chris Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence

Associate Professor and Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Doug Krull

Doug Krull

Professor, Department of Psychological Science
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