Fear and Censorship in Education

"Where they burn books, they will too in the end burn people." Christian Johann Heinrich Heine

What is the “telos” of education?

Even bad ideas can sometimes lead to the truth. But ideas that seem bad are no longer allowed to be explored. What, then, is the “telos” of education? What is its purpose? Is it the search for truth or is it social justice? On Clubhouse, I will be speaking to Philosopher Stephen Blackwood, Lawyer Samantha Harris, and Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss about this question, what constitutes a good education, and what to do about fear and censorship on campus.

Coming Up On Clubhouse

Wednesday, April 28 at 8:00pm Eastern, I will be talking with Stephen Blackwood, president of Ralston College, about what constitutes a good education. Stephen will also talk about Ralston College’s new model of higher education.



Tentatively scheduled Wednesday, May 5 at 8:00pm Eastern, I am tentatively scheduled to speak with Samantha Harris, a legal expert on the First Amendment, free speech, due process, and Title IX. She was my colleague at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, where she worked for many years before going into private practice. Samantha is also on the board of advisors of the Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) which is at the forefront of creating ethical anti-racism approaches in K12 education.


Monday, May 10 at 8:00pm Eastern, Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss and I will be discussing fear and censorship in US universities. We will also discuss fear and censorship in K-12 education –– which has recently been in the news.

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In my next newsletter, I expect to have dates and times for our zoom calls with legal scholar Nadine Strossen, NYT columnist Bret Stephens, and University of Chicago classics professor Shadi Bartsch.

More to come…

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