We are welcoming an exciting array of thought leaders to discuss and explore our conference theme. We’ll update this page as we announce more plenary speakers this spring.
2022 Conference Speakers
Roslyn Clark Artis
President and CEO, Benedict College
Roslyn Clark Artis is President and CEO of Benedict College. She previously served as President of Florida Memorial University. In 2019, she was named to Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s “Top 35 Leading Women in Higher Education.” Read more.
Co-founder and Board Chair, HxA
Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business and the Co-Founder and Board Chair of HxA. His most recent book is The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. Read more.
Founder and Editor, Inside Higher Ed
Scott Jaschik is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed, where he leads the editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Read more.
Glenn C. Loury
Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics, Brown University
Glenn C. Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He has published over 200 essays and reviews and his books include: One by One From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America, The Anatomy of Racial Inequality, Race, Incarceration and American Values, and Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and the UK. Read more.
Editor-in-Chief, National Review
Rich Lowry is Editor-in-Chief of National Review, a syndicated columnist and political commentator, and author of multiple books including The Case for Nationalism. Read more.
Associate Professor of Linguistics, Columbia University
John McWhorter is Associate Professor of linguistics at Columbia University. He has authored over twenty books on issues of race and language and writes a biweekly newsletter for the New York Times. Read more.
President Emerita, Houghton College
Shirley Mullen is President Emerita of Houghton College, where she served for 15 years, retiring in May 2021. Prior to becoming Houghton’s president, she served at various times as a classroom professor, chief academic officer and residence life director. Read more.
President, American Association of Colleges and Universities
Lynn Pasquerella is President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. She previously served as President of Mount Holyoke College. Read more.
President, Wesleyan University
Michael Roth is President of Wesleyan University. He previously served as Hartley Burr Alexander Professor of Humanities at Scripps College, Associate Director of the Getty Research Institute, and President of the California College of the Arts. Read more.
Associate Professor of Rhetoric, York College of Pennsylvania
Erec Smith is Associate Professor of Rhetoric at York College of Pennsylvania. He is a co-founder of Free Black Thought, a website dedicated to highlighting viewpoint diversity within the black intelligentsia. Read more.
Holden Thorp became Editor-in-Chief of the Science family of journals in October 2019. He came to Science from Washington University, where he was provost from 2013 to 2019 and where he is Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor and holds appointments in both chemistry and medicine. Read more.
President, Heterodox Academy
John Tomasi is the inaugural President of HxA. Prior to joining HxA, he held the position of Romeo Elton 1843 Professor of Natural Theology and taught and wrote about political theory and public policy at Brown University. Read more.
Deputy Opinion Editor, Newsweek
Batya Ungar-Sargon is the deputy opinion editor of Newsweek. Her book Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy came out in October. She has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and lives in New York.
Matthew Yglesias co-founded the popular news website Vox.com in 2014 where he currently works as a senior correspondent covering politics and economic policy. He is the author of three books, most recently One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger. Read more.