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Transcripts of Heterodox Academy’s Open Mind Conference

Session One: A View from the Academy: How a Lack of Viewpoint Diversity Harms Higher Education.

Heather Heying, Lucia Martinez Valdivia, Richard A. Shweder, Nadine Strossen, Scott Jaschik

Session Two (NO VIDEO, so no transcript): The Coddling of the American Mind, and Several Other Trends That Got Us Here

Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff

Session Three: Big Questions and Heterodox Answers

Alice Dreger, Shadi Hamid, Angus Johnston, John McWhorter, Jason Stanley, Kmele Foster

Session Four (NO VIDEO, so no transcript): Lunch Session Featuring Heterodox Academy Award Winners

Session Five: A Conversation With Robert Zimmer

Bari Weiss, Robert Zimmer

Session Six: Opportunities On Campus; The Power of Leaders and Administrators

Deb Mashek, Michael Poliakoff, Michael Roth, Peter Uvin, Mark G. Yudof

Session Seven: Opportunities in the Classroom: What Professors Can Do To Make A Difference

Robert P. George, Allison Stanger, Jonathan Zimmerman, Kmele Fostre

Session Eight: Opportunities Beyond Campus; Politics, Policy, and Philanthropy

Wendy Kaminer, Suzanne Nossel, Robert L. Shibley, Scott Jaschnik

Session Nine: Opportunities in Early Development: Educating Tomorrow’s College Students

George Khalaf, Lenore Skenazy, Larry Amsel, Tamara Mann Tweel

Session Ten: Closing Discussion: Towards a More Heterodox Academy

Jonathan Haidt, Deb Mashek



One thought on “Transcripts of Heterodox Academy’s Open Mind Conference

  1. This is really good stuff, thanks for sharing! On another completely open-ended, non-confrontational note, is there any active movement afoot to convert Trumpism into a cogent system of thought? I ask because I know there were several attempts to do this previously, but to my knowledge, they have all shut down. Presently, and please correct me if I am wrong, there is no group that is assembling various policies and ideas into a broader framework.

    Thanks again!


    Posted by Tom | June 22, 2018, 8:55 am

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