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A Tale of Two Columbia Classes

Of the seven philosophy courses I’ve taken at Columbia so far, not a single one has operated even close to this way––philosophy professors are always the first to point out logical weaknesses, strong counterarguments, and alternative points of view, even when they fundamentally agree with the course material. In this class, I got the sense that the professor was wedded to the material, such that a critique of the material would have been synonymous with a critique of her. As hyperbolic as this might sound, voicing a strong pushback against any idea that the Professor favored was nearly unthinkable.

The Campus Expression Survey: Summary of New Data

By Sean Stevens, HxA’s Research Director Back in July, I presented some preliminary data from our Campus Expression Survey (CES).  The CES was developed by members1 of Heterodox Academy in response to students and professors who say they feel like they are “walking on eggshells”, not just in the classroom but in informal interactions on campus..

Campus Conservatives Should Check Their Own Trolling

Nick Phillips, Research Associate at Heterodox Academy and President of the NYU School of Law Federalist Society, has a new piece in American Conservative on the need for Conservative campus groups to consider inviting more measured, academic speakers as opposed to provocateurs that inflame tensions and deepen tribalism.

The Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges Helps Colleges Improve

While prospective students can use the Guide to Colleges to see where they may be most likely to encounter a variety viewpoints, college administrators are beginning to see the Guide as a barometer for the climate of intellectual diversity on their campus. In recent months, Heterodox Academy has spoken with several leaders at a range of schools to understand their strategies and highlight our Guide. In some instances, we have reconsidered rankings after learning about additional efforts made to facilitate and secure programs and platforms promoting viewpoint diversity.

Zachary Wood’s Quest for Political Diversity at Williams

Zachary 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 academy at this week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses.” Wood, a self-described "liberal Democrat who supports many progressive causes" sees higher education as an opportunity for "students...to engage with people and ideas they vehemently disagree with." His full testimony is in the video below.

Heterodox Academy Releases Updated Guide to Colleges

Heterodox Academy (HxA) has just released a major update to its Guide to Colleges--the only resource available for college-bound high school students who seek exposure to a diversity of viewpoints and a culture of free and open discussion. Until now, students who prefer heterodoxy have had no way to find such schools.