Reversing the Ideological Capture of Universities

Washington, DC. – 21 October 2022

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Date: October 21, 2022

Co‐Sponsors: Global Liberty Institute, Hillsdale College, Academy for Science & Freedom; Salem Center for Policy at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas;

Organizers: Scott Atlas, Richard Lowery, Joshua Rauh

Venue: Hillsdale College's Kirby Center; 227 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002


Welcome by Scott Atlas (watch video)


Opening Remarks

Dr. Larry Arnn

President of Hillsdale College; Introduced by Scott Atlas.


Keynote Speaker

James Hankins

Professor of History, Harvard University; Founder and General Editor, I Tatti Renaissance Library


Panel 1: How We Lost Humanities to Ideology (watch video)

Opening Speaker & Panel Moderator

Brad C.S. Watson

Associate Professor of Government, Van Andel Graduate School of Government, Hillsdale College

Panel Speakers

James Hankins (Harvard University); Dan Bonevac (UT Austin); Phil Magness (AIER)


Panel 2: The Woke Destruction of Data‐ Driven Inquiry (watch video)

Opening Speaker & Panel Moderator

John E.R. Staddon

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

Panel Speakers

Dorian Abbot (UChicago); Peter Arcidiacono (Duke University); Kevin Corinth (US Congress Joint Economic Committee); Joshua Rauh (Stanford Graduate Sch of Business, Global Liberty Institute, and Hoover Institution)


Panel 3: The Shutdown of Dissent in Science and Public Health (watch video)

Opening Speaker & Panel Moderator

Scott W. Atlas

Robert Wesson Senior Fellow | Health Policy, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Hillsdale AS&F; and Global Liberty Institute

Panel Speakers

Jay Bhattacharya, MD PhD (Stanford U Sch of Medicine); Pat M. Fidopiastis, PhD (Cal Poly); Tracy Beth Høeg, MD PhD (Florida Dept of Public Health); Aaron Kheriaty, MD (Zephyr Institute); Matt Memoli, MD (NIH)




Panel 4: Student Journalism and the Battle for On‐Campus Liberty (watch video)

Opening Speaker & Panel Moderator

Mollie Hemingway

Panel Speakers

Julie Hartman (ex‐Harvard); Maggie Hroncich (Hillsdale); Max Meyer (ex‐Stanford); Chris Phillips (UChicago); Mimi St Johns (Stanford); Daniel Schmidt (Uchicago); Neelay Trivedi (Stanford)


Panel 5: Policy Ideas to Fix America’s Universities (watch video)

Opening Speaker & Panel Moderator

Todd J. Zywicki

George Mason University Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School

Panel Speakers

Richard Corcoran (former Florida Education Commissioner); Robert Eitel (Defense of Freedom Institute); Richard Lowery (UT McCombs – Salem Center); Reed Rubinstein (America First Legal Foundation)