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HxA in the News

HxA is shaping the conversation on viewpoint diversity in the academy. Selected stories are shared below. Media who would like to reach us for comments can contact us at or call (646) 992-3732.
  • 7 Ways of Looking at Diversity

    Inside Higher Ed November 21, 2019

    There are all kinds of ways that people talk about identity and diversity these days.

  • 2019 Survey of Campus Speech Experts

    RealClear Education October 24, 2019

    Controversies over free speech on college campuses are in the news seemingly every week, whether it’s an unpopular guest speaker being shouted down, a voluntary student group being banned from campus, or a professor losing his job over something he said in the classroom. While most Americans consider open inquiry and academic freedom essential to the mission of a university, the debate over what can or cannot be said on campus is far from settled at most schools today.

  • The New Campus Deplorables

    Forbes October 23, 2019

    Surveys show that the already strong leftish orientation among faculty has strengthened over the years. At the same time, however, there is a smaller but growing counter movement.

  • The Case for Diversity Has Been Made. Let’s Move Past It: raceAhead

    Fortune October 22, 2019

    People are unsatisfied with the changes being made towards diversity and inclusion.

  • Can We Guarantee That Colleges Are Intellectually Diverse?

    New York Times August 30, 2019

    According to some critics of higher education, as college students around the country head back to class, they will search in vain for classroom debate where all opinions are welcome.

  • Academic and Political Elitism

    Inside Higher Ed August 27, 2019

    The political leanings of highly educated or intelligent people tend not to be any more rational or informed than anyone else’s.

  • Too Noxious for Tenure?

    The Chronicle of Higher Education August 1, 2019

    A few weeks ago, at a National Conservativism conference in Washington D.C., one of the speakers, the University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax, argued that the United States would be “better off if our country is dominated numerically…

  • HxA Conference Examines How to Respectfully Tackle Difficult Topics

    Diverse Issues In Higher Education June 23, 2018

    Attendees at the Heterodox Academy conference in New York participated in frank discussions about how to address complex issues from free speech to building community.

  • Williams: Some colleges committed to ideological diversity

    Boston Herald June 5, 2019

    If you want to send your youngster to colleges that are seriously committed to civil and diverse debate, pick up a copy of the June 2019 edition of Reason magazine for some guidance.

  • 10 Colleges Where You Won’t Have to Walk On Eggshells

    Reason Magazine June 5, 2019

    These schools are seriously committed to civil and diverse debate.

  • The Dilemma of Activist Scholars on the Left

    Open Democracy February 3, 2019

    If progressive academics want to work with ‘the people,’ then we’ll have to meet ‘the people’ where they are.

  • What My Fellow Conservatives Can Learn From The Left

    Weekly Standard November 29, 2018

    Conservatives play an essential role as gatekeepers. Vetting some of the left’s perspectives and ideas, even in this polarized environment, could resonate with their base.

  • ‘Do You Value Freedom of Expression?’ 6 Questions for Your College Tour

    Fortune October 22, 2018

    Open inquiry and constructive disagreement are essential for allowing institutions of higher learning to advance their missions of education and discovery. Yet increasingly, professors and students alike are describing the toll that fear of being publicly reprimanded for your ideas—and thus choosing to withhold those ideas from classroom discussions—is having on campus culture and the pursuit of knowledge.

  • When College Students Self-Censor, Society Loses

    The Hill October 3, 2018

    The most effective policymakers weave together the best ideas from a range of perspectives in order to address society’s most intractable problems.

  • Heterodox Academy Fights for Intellectual Freedom and Diversity Among Professors

    Reason July 4, 2018

    For all the student speech that’s being squashed on college campuses these days, higher education faces an even-more serious threat: intellectual conformity among professors, researchers, and scholars. Over the past 25 years, for instance, the “American academy went from leaning left to being almost entirely on the left. Similar trends and problems are occurring in the UK and Canada.”

  • Deb Mashek on viewpoint diversity and the HxA Open Mind Conference and Awards

    Bold June 8, 2018

    Debra Mashek, executive director at Heterodox Academy, spoke with Bold hosts Carrie Sheffield and Clay Aiken about free speech on university campuses and how academia has a shared responsibility to allow for open inquiry.

  • A New Leader in the Push for Diversity of Thought on Campus

    The Atlantic February 6, 2018

    Amid recent tumult in academia, where student protests have been common and clashes over free speech and intellectual inquiry have made national headlines, these academics agreed with the view that university life requires encountering different perspectives in an environment where people are free to constructively challenge one another.

  • College Campus Viewpoint Diversity and Free Speech

    C-Span 2 October 10, 2018

    Authors talked about free speech on American campuses. The participants were Mark Lilla, author of The Once and Future Liberal; Nadine Strossen, author of Hate; April Kelly-Woessner, author of The Still Divided Academy; Samuel Abrams, author of Education and the Commercial Mindset; and Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind

  • Colleges Pledge Tolerance for Diverse Opinions, But Skeptics Remain

    Wall Street Journal June 24, 2017

    A string of protests on college campuses that shut down events hosting conservative speakers has prompted universities around the country to pledge more tolerance for diverse opinions, but skeptics say they’ll believe it when they see it.

  • Q&A with Heterodox Academy: A New Champion for Viewpoint Diversity

    American Council of Trustees and Alumni May 15, 2017

    What does the science of social psychology have to tell us about the current challenges and threats to free speech? A great deal, according to Dr. Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

  • The Opening of the Liberal Mind

    Wall Street Journal May 11, 2017

    Wesleyan president Michael S. Roth on why universities need affirmative action for the study of conservative, libertarian and religious ideas

  • Jonathan Haidt on the Cultural Roots of Campus Rage

    The Wall Street Journal April 2, 2017

    An unorthodox professor explains the ‘new religion’ that drives the intolerance and violence at places like Middlebury and Berkeley.

  • Northwestern student government endorses free speech, viewpoint diversity

    FIRE March 17, 2017

    Northwestern University’s student government passed a bold and sweeping resolution this month asking the school to recommit to its existing speech-protective policies, resist censorship attempts from both internal and legislative sources, and prioritize intellectual and viewpoint diversity as part of ongoing inclusiveness efforts.

  • Campuses Take a Stand When Protests Go too Far

    The Wall Street Journal March 17, 2017

    In a move to expose students to more diverse viewpoints, colleges and universities have invited controversial figures to speak, resulting in disruptive protests. Here’s a look at how three schools are drawing the line between the free exchange of ideas and the right to protest those ideas.

  • The Dangerous Safety of College

    The New York Times March 12, 2017

    The moral of the recent melee at Middlebury College, where students shouted down and chased away a controversial social scientist, isn’t just about free speech, though that’s the rubric under which the ugly incident has been tucked. It’s about emotional coddling. It’s about intellectual impoverishment.

  • Jon Haidt discusses recent events at Middlebury College with Frank Bruni

    Charlie Rose March 6, 2017

    Frank Bruni, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and NYU professor Jonathan Haidt discuss free speech on college campuses, following recent violence at Middlebury College and UC Berkeley.

  • Academics find voice in struggle against ‘intolerant left’ on campus

    The Times of London February 25, 2017

    If you are organising a university party, beware that fancy dress could encourage cultural appropriation. If you are planning a talk on feminism, remember that Germaine Greer will be no-platformed for transphobia. If you are teaching a literature course, always use trigger warnings for difficult material — language is violence.

  • How to Make Sense of College Rankings

    The New York Times October 30, 2016

    “The interaction between a student and an institution is not the same as the interaction between a student and a refrigerator.”

  • The dramatic shift among college professors that’s hurting students’ education

    The Washington Post January 11, 2016

    If you’ve spent time in a college or university any time in the past quarter-century you probably aren’t surprised to hear that professors have become strikingly more liberal.

  • Chart of the Day: Universities Are Pretty Liberal Places

    Mother Jones January 6, 2016

    The chart on the right comes from Heterodox Academy, a group founded a few months ago to promote more ideological diversity on university campuses. What it shows is unsurprising: over the past few decades, university faculties have become almost entirely liberal.

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