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On Orthodoxy at the Heterodox Academy Conference

I had the good fortune to be able to attend the 2019 Heterodox Academy conference. In many ways it was a glittering event featuring intellectual supernovas, like Jonathan Haidt and Steven Pinker. David Brooks, of the New York Times and the Aspen Institute gave a wonderful and inspiring defense of universities.  Coleman Hughes, a Columbia..

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The 2019 HxA Conference is Over. Now What?

Conferences serve many purposes: participants share perspectives, build relationships, and inspire possibilities. We’d like to think the 2019 HxA Annual Conference hit all of those notes — however, in the absence of subsequent action it would all amount to little.   To close last week’s conference, Jonathan Haidt and Deb Mashek urged attendees to work..

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2019 HxA Director’s Address

These remarks were offered at the 2nd annual Heterodox Academy conference, held June 20-1 2019 in New York City. Heterodox Academy held its first annual conference one year ago.  I took the stage having made a cross-country move with my 8-year-old in tow just two weeks prior. It’s been a year of transition and growth,..

Meet the 2019 Open Inquiry Award Winners

In order to address society’s most intractable problems, learners must weave together the best ideas from a range of perspectives. In their absence, important questions and ideas go unexplored, key assumptions can go unchallenged, and tribalism can go unchecked, eroding the quality of research and teaching.  Heterodox Academy is committed not only to measuring and..

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What the “Free Speech” Debate is Still Missing

The question of, “is there a campus free speech crisis?” is fraught. The answer depends, in large part, on the evidence one uses to answer it. In most commentary so far, the metrics used to measure political tolerance on campus are at best incomplete and at worst misleading. Our collective attention is drawn to overt..