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Constructive Criticism of Heterodox Academy and Its Inaugural Open Mind Conference

Stephen Messenger has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Systems Management. He has worked for 35 years in systems engineering and program management for FAA, DoD, and civilian government acquisition programs. In his spare time he studies psychology, ideology, and politics. Heterodox Academy (HxA) is my favorite of all the..

Towards An Ethics of Activism

Frances Lee is a multidisciplinary creative scholar who investigates culture, knowledge production and matters of the heart. They have a MA in Cultural Studies from University of Washington at Bothell. Social justice activism has reached unprecedented levels of prominence in U.S. public consciousness in the last several years. Movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, intersectional feminism, transgender..

Couldn’t Attend the HxA Open Mind Conference? Watch It Now!

According to the buzz in the hallways of TheTimesCenter 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.  Transcripts have been generously compiled by friend of Heterodox Academy Stephen Messenger, available on his website, here.  ..

HxA Open Mind Award Winner: Lindsay Shepherd

Amidst 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 the opposite. She doubled down on her commitment to viewpoint diversity, refusing to change her methods.

HxA Open Mind Award Winner: BridgeUSA

By 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 number of campuses, which is why we are proud to recognize its initiative and success with the HxA Open Mind Award for Outstanding Student Group.

HxA Open Mind Award Winner: Zach Wood

Zachary 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 the viewpoint diversity community and on campus.