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Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students

Wednesday October 2007
Opening Remarks: The Historical Context of Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind
Presenter: James Piereson, Senior Fellow, CAU and Chairman, VERITAS Fund
9:00 AM PANEL ONE: What is the Role of the Professor and the University in Maintaining the Health of Democratic Society?
Presenter: John Tomasi, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Political Theory Project, Brown University
Discussants: James Miller, Chair of the Liberal Studies Program and Professor of Political Science, The New School
James W. Ceaser, Professor of Politics and Director of the Program for Constitutionalism and Democracy, University of Virginia
Moderator: John McWhorter, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
10:00 AM BREAK
10:45 AM PANEL TWO: Are Certain Forms of “Openness” Really Tantamount to Intellectual and Moral “Closing”?
Presenter: Roger Kimball, Co-Editor, The New Criterion and Publisher, Encounter Books
Discussants: Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Founding Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
Patrick J. Deneen, Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government and Director of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy, Georgetown University
Moderator: Brian Anderson, Editor, City Journal
1:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Mark Steyn, Author
2:00 PM PANEL THREE: Can the American Mind Be Opened?
Presenter: Heather Mac Donald, Contributing Editor, City Journal
Discussants: Peter Berkowitz, Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
David DesRosiers, VERITAS Fund
Moderator: Gary Rosen, Managing Editor, Commentary