The latest from the HxA podcast features the best of Heterodox Academy's panels and conversations.
Earlier episodes of the HxA podcast are part of the series "Half Hour of Heterodoxy," hosted by social psychologist and co-founder of HxA, Chris Martin. Martin talks civility, polarization, truth, ideology, and pedagogy with Jon Haidt, John McWhorter, Alice Dreger, Glenn Loury, Cristine Legare, and other fascinating guests.
You can find all of our recorded panels, conversations, and interviews at https://heterodoxacademy.org/
Do Community Colleges do Heterodoxy Right? A Panel Conversation
Community colleges are a staple of American higher education; there are over 900 community colleges in the US and nearly half of all students attend a community college. This panel conversation features community college educators, Andrea Fabrizio, Greg Marks, and Mark Urista who share their experiences on community college campuses. They speak to common misconceptions about community colleges, their experiences with viewpoint diversity and constructive disagreement in their classrooms, the pedagogical methods and strategies that have been most successful, and campus trends they’ve seen over the years. The event was moderated by Dr. Helen Benjamin, former Chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District.
A Fine Balance: Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility
What does it mean for professors to have full freedom in the classroom and in their research? What are the requirements of academic responsibility? Former college presidents, Judith Shapiro (https://anthropology.columbia.edu/content/judith-r-shapiro) and Brian Rosenberg (https://www.gse.harvard.edu/faculty/brian-rosenberg) joined us to plumb the depths of the various aspects of academic freedom and the limits of viewpoint diversity on campus. Drawing on their experience as former college presidents, Judith and Brian reflected upon the complex interplay of academic freedom and academic responsibility and shared their expertise.
This event originally aired live on 04/09/2021 and a video recording is available here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usy_E04D_ak&t=2235s).
About the speakers:
Judith R. Shapiro is a cultural anthropologist who began her faculty career at the University of Chicago. She then spent a decade on the faculty of Bryn Mawr College where she served as provost between 1986 and 1994. She served as President of Barnard College between 1994 and 2008 and President of the Teagle Foundation from 2013 to 2018.
Shapiro’s scholarly work has been in the areas of gender differences, social organization, cultural theory, and missionization. She was President of the American Ethnological Society, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Shapiro also serves on the Heterodox Academy Advisory Council.
Brian Rosenberg is the current president-in-residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A scholar on Charles Dickens, Rosenberg began his academic career as an adjunct assistant professor of humanities at the Cooper Union in New York City in 1982. He worked at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, from 1983 to 1998 as an English professor and as chair of the English Department and participated in the development of the college’s strategic plan. From 1998 to 2003, Rosenberg was dean of the faculty and an English professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Rosenberg became the 16th president of Macalester College in August 2003.
About the moderator:
Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He writes about American constitutional law, politics, history and American political thought. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, is a member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow with the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and completed his Ph.D. in political science at Yale University. His most recent books include Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech and Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present. He is completing two books, Constitutional Crises, Real and Imagined and The Idea of Democracy in America, from the American Revolution to the Gilded Age.
A Conversation with John McWhorter | Viewpoint Diversity Among Black Intellectuals
“The message that Black America cannot succeed significantly…until there is a vast overturning...of the very psychological nature of being an American person...then to be a Black American person is to be circumscribed by racism…” In February, John McWhorter joined HxA for a conversation with Amna Khalid about viewpoint diversity among Black intellectuals and the state of open inquiry in higher education. Listen to the full discussion here on Half Hour of Heterodoxy.
McWhorter is Associate Professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He is the author of over a dozen books on issues including race and language. His most recent book, “The Creole Debate,” was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press. He has written countless articles and commentaries that have appeared in The Atlantic, Reason, The New Republic, Aeon, and many more. He also hosts Slate’s language podcast Lexicon Valley. McWhorter is the winner of HxA’s 2020 Open Inquiry Award for Leadership.
Video of the conversation can be found here.
What Does the Future of Heterodoxy Look Like?
Five years after Heterodox Academy's founding in 2015, we took the opportunity to reflect on what the future of heterodoxy in the academy looks like, with four esteemed thought leaders: Nadine Strossen, Randall Kennedy, Nicholas Christakis and Jeffrey Adam Sachs. Along with host Amna Khalid and opening remarks by HxA Chair and co-founder, Jonathan Haidt, we explored what we have learned from the past five years, the challenges that lie ahead, and future opportunities to further HxA's mission of promoting viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement in higher education.
Original event date: December 16, 2020.
Video of the event can be viewed here (https://heterodoxacademy.org/events/hxa-celebrates-five-years-a-virtual-panel-event/).
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A History of College Teaching in America: a conversation with Jonathan Zimmerman
Host Amna Khalid speaks with Jonathan Zimmerman (https://www.gse.upenn.edu/academics/faculty-directory/zimmerman) about the main ideas of his book, “The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America.” (https://www.amazon.com/Amateur-Hour-History-College-Teaching/dp/1421439093) Together they explore the history of college teaching, the institutional efforts to improve it, higher education’s relatively recent transitions, and what changes he concludes are needed to elevate teaching for the future. Zimmerman, a founding member of HxA, is a professor of history of education at the University of Pennsylvania and was recently awarded the Berkowitz Chair in Education.
This event originally aired live on 10/22/2020 and a video recording is available here.
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Heterodox Out Loud: A New Heterodox Academy Podcast
Hi Half Hour of Heterodoxy Listeners! We are excited to announce our new podcast, "Heterodox Out Loud (https://heterodoxacademy.org/heterodoxoutloud/)," the audio version of the best of the HxA blogs. Listen to insightful, thought-provoking pieces authored by the HxA community by adding the Heterodox Out Loud podcast to your lineup.
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Mostly lives up to its mission
Worthwhile and mostly successful effort to explore a variety of serious ideas that usually are dismissed outright without being listened to.
They do a good job exploring the world of confirmation bias and the role it has driving sociology and policy solutions.
It’s balanced, but probably more irritating for orthodox left thinkers because they are accustomed to believing that they have rational bases for their bias. Industry sponsored research favored by the right is equally targeted though.
I’m very fond of Heterodox Academy, but this podcast is disappointingly lackluster. The host, Chris Martin, doesn’t engage the guest (let alone the listener) and is very robotic as he moves between topics. The idea of HxA is to bring together people who have different perspectives and have them discuss disagreements in a healthy, constructive way. Although the podcast features guests who have different perspectives, the host doesn’t serve a function.