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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.

John Inazu on Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #26

John Inazu is professor of law and religion at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms—specifically speech, assembly, and religion. His first book is about freedom of assembly. His second book, which we discuss, is Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference. It was published in 2016 and a paperback edition with a new introduction comes out this year.

Call for Submissions: HxA Raindrops Initiative

Please, share your stories.  If you are a member of a university community and have witnessed silencing or shaming behaviors in response to good-faith comments or questions, or other forms of active discrimination by students, faculty or staff on the basis of someone’s apparent viewpoints or commitments, tell your story using this Google form, in as few or as many words as you wish. Invite your colleagues and students to share their experiences. While we will be unable to publish every story we receive, we look forward to sharing as many of them as possible (with the writer’s permission).

Arthur Sakamoto on Conventional Wisdom about Asian Americans: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #25

Arthur Sakamoto (@sakamoto_arthur), sociologist at Texas A&M, discusses three myths about Asian Americans.

0:00 The questionable claim of a high Hmong dropout rate

08:00 The poverty rate and wealth of Asians and non-Asians

14:01 Are Asians disadvantaged by living in costly neighborhoods?

20:10 Assimilation and the mobile labor market

23:40 Why do sociologists selectively talk about cost of living?

25:31 White privilege and the alleged bamboo ceiling

Announcing the Winners of the HxA Open Mind Awards

Heterodox Academy is delighted to announce the winners of the first-ever HxA Open Mind Awards. These awards honor the courageous individuals and innovative institutions that are making academic life better by helping others to reap the benefits of viewpoint diversity. The awards will be conferred and the honorees will be celebrated at a conference in New York City on June 14 and 15. Here are the awards and the winners:

Education is Related to Greater Ideological Prejudice

Sean Stevens is Heterodox Academy’s Research Director. He has a PhD in social psychology from Rutgers University.  Everyone knows that education makes people more tolerant, right? Well, yes, if you focus on the traditional targets of intolerance that are generally studied in the social sciences, such as members of ethnic, racial, or religious outgroups. A..