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Young Leaders Circle Forum with John Leo

Wednesday October 2007


John Leo Editor,

On October 3rd, John Leo and Peter Berkowitz joined the Young Leader's Circle to discuss the state of higher education today and the 20th anniversary of Allan Bloom's book, The Closing of the American Mind.

Earlier that day, both Leo and Berkowitz participated in a Manhattan Institute/New Criterion conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of Allan Bloom's groundbreaking best-seller. They brought part of the conference discussion to the Young Leaders Circle, addressing the relevance of Bloom's work today and the challenge of reopening the American campus.

John Leo is editor of, a web magazine sponsored by the Manhattan Institute's Center for the American University. His recent article, Among Collegiate Educators, A Disturbing Hegemony, serves as a mission statement for the Center for the American University and for higher-education reformers across the country. Peter Berkowitz is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and teaches at George Mason University School of Law. His recent Wall Street Journal article Our Compassless Colleges lamented the failure of today's universities to honor the tradition of liberal education.