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Renewal in the American University, How Academic Centers Restore the Spirit of Inquiry

Wednesday February 2015


Bradford P. Wilson Executive Director, James Madison Program, Princeton University
Jay Schalin Director of Policy Analysis, John William Pope Center For Higher Education Policy
James Piereson Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; President, The William E. Simon Foundation

Many have argued that antipathy to Western civilization and capitalism has damaged our universities. Yet, as a new report by the Pope Center’s Jay Schalin chronicles, a surge, over the past decade, in the number of university centers that restore traditional knowledge and perspectives gives reason for optimism.

But who supports these new programs? Who controls their activities? What are the critiques against them? And what does their emergence mean for academia?