HxA’s themes guide conversation on heterodox: the blog and in our events and programs. These themes aim to amplify ideas and approaches considered heterodox; to highlight dimensions of education where open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement struggle to thrive; and to otherwise invite unencumbered discussion about improving teaching, research, and university purpose. 

While blog contributors are welcome to submit pieces on any topic, pieces responding to our call for current themes or tying current and prior themes will be given priority consideration. All themed submissions must adhere to the blog standards laid out in our submission guidelines.

Call For Themed Blog Submissions

Fall 2022: Higher Education in an Ailing Republic

It is no secret that the U.S. is splintering into different frames of reality. Our political tribes operate under wildly different facts and narratives, making constructive disagreement rare. Social media allows us to create our own bubbles of reality. We disagree on basic narratives around democracy, climate, education, gender, race, history, spirituality, and on and on.    

What does this mean for higher education? Campus is splintering too, unable to agree on why the university exists or how to respond to this social chaos. Society is noticing: belief in the positive effects of higher education are wavering

This fall, HxA explores the role higher education should play in a struggling constitutional republic. What do we rally around to renew our purpose and contribute to the nation? As midterms approach and the impact of recent SCOTUS decisions unfolds, we invite blog submissions that respond to the following questions:

  • What contributions can and should higher education make to strengthen an ailing republic? Is there a viable isolationist policy? If not, what is university telos?
  • How can campuses better operate as models of democratic health?
  • What, if any, is the relationship between heterodox research and general cultural health?
  • How should administrators and faculty respond to incivility in the classroom or at events?
  • How can faculty help students prepare for the working world? Should they?
  • What is higher education’s answer to the reality that, at the end of the day, there are things people will simply never agree on or change their minds about?
  • What other policies, practices, and heterodox approaches / ideas should be a part of this conversation?

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