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Disgrace: Shame, Punishment, and Redemption in American Higher Education

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Disgrace: Shame, Punishment, and Redemption in American Higher Education
Chapman University | January 11 and 12
Orange, California

At this conference, the National Association of Scholars intends to discuss “disgrace” in two ways: disgrace as a tactic of the progressive left, and the real disgrace that falls on colleges and universities that countenance such tactics. These tactics include attempting to destroy people through false accusations loudly repeated, and to shame people into resignation while using success at this to intimidate everyone else into silent self-censoring conformity.

Heather Mac Donald
is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a New York Times bestselling author. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has covered a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New Criterion. Mac Donald's newest book, The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture (2018), argues that toxic ideas first spread by higher education have undermined humanistic values, fueled intolerance, and widened divisions in our larger culture.

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2:30 pm Registration open

3:30 pm Welcome and opening remarks
Peter Wood, President, NAS

4:00 pm Plenary Address
Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor, National Review

5:15 pm Break and appetizers

6:00 pm The Sociology of Shame
John Tooby, Professor of Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara
Daniel Sznycer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Montreal

6:45 pm Break

7:00 pm Dinner Address
Darel E. Paul, Professor of Political Science, Williams College

Saturday, January 12, 2019

8:00 am Registration and breakfast

9:00 am Plenary Address
Edward Erwin, Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami

9:30 Break

9:45 am Panel 1: Silencing Dissent

John Beahrs, MD, psychiatrist
James E. Enstrom, President of the Scientific Integrity Institute

11:00 am Break

11:15 am Panel 2: Me Too: Silencing via Sexual Accusation

KC Johnson, Professor of History, Brooklyn College
Christine Rosen, Senior Editor, The New Atlantis
Keith Whitaker, President, Wise Counsel Research

12:30 pm Luncheon Address

2:00 pm Break

2:15 pm Panel 3: Heretics
Bruce Gilley, Professor of Political Science, Portland State University
Rachel Fulton Brown, Associate Professor of Medieval History, UChicago

3:30 pm Conversations

  1. How should academic governance be reformed to restore intellectual freedom?
  2. Should universities be shamed to uphold traditional standards?
  3. Has America become a shame culture?

4:30 pm Break

4:45 pm Panel 4: Redeeming Civility
Matt Peterson, Vice President for Education, the Claremont Institute
Victor Davis Hanson, Professor Emeritus of Classics, California State at Fresno
Stanley Kurtz, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

6:00 pm Reception

7:00 pm Dinner and Keynote Address
Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow, the Manhattan Institute

Closing remarks – Keith Whitaker

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