Institute for Freedom and Community

Dialogue that Opens Minds

Dialogue that Opens Minds

The Institute for Freedom & Community encourages free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. By exploring diverse ideas about politics, markets, and society, The Institute aims to challenge presuppositions, question easy answers, and foster constructive dialogue among those with differing values and contending points of view. Established at St. Olaf College in 2014, The Institute offers a distinctive opportunity to cultivate civil discourse within a liberal arts setting.

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Academic Freedom Workshop

Join us March 21st, 4:30 to 6:00 pm, in the Sun Ballroom for a workshop on the ways academic freedom, religious identity, and teaching and learning intersect. The event begins with a lecture by Elizabeth Niehaus, Associate Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska, who will deliver a talk titled,  “Academic Freedom and Inclusion: Centering the Student Experience in Challenging Classroom Conversations.”   Next, over a catered dinner, participants will form small groups and discuss prompts intended to elicit the perspectives of students, staff, and faculty. Finally, participants will reconvene for a question-and-answer session with a panel including Dr. Niehaus and other St. Olaf faculty and staff to further the conversation about how we should define the norms and limits of academic freedom at St. Olaf. Participation is limited.


This event is co-sponsored by the Lutheran Center, the Institute for Freedom and Community, and the Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts. Open to St. Olaf faculty, staff, and students.

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Meet the new director

Meet the new director

St. Olaf College Associate Professor of Political Science Christopher Chapp is the new Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community.

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