Transcripts of Heterodox Academy’s Open Mind Conference, June 15, 2018

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


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