A Dialogue on Academic FreedomDanielle Allen and Peter Berkowitz Wednesday, October 25, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons
Danielle Allen of Harvard University and Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University will engage in a dialogue on academic freedom.
On the topic of academic freedom, Allen recently wrote, “I treasure academic freedom but also believe that teachers should avoid politicizing the classroom.” Much of her work revolves around political thought, justice, and citizenship, and Allen also leads the Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard, which seeks to identify, strengthen, and disseminate the bodies of knowledge, skills, and capacities that democratic citizens need in order to succeed at operating their democracy. Allen’s work bears directly on academic freedom on both sides of the political spectrum, as she believes “both sides have developed dangerous tactics for silencing those who disagree with them.”
Berkowitz has written on academic freedom and liberal education, including a series of reports of censorship on college campuses in The Wall Street Journal. He believes “the assault on freedom of speech comes in many guises”; too much of what passes for liberal education today “cultivates single-sidedness and reinforces the polarization of our politics”; and that “to provide a properly liberal education,” higher education “must institutionalize the unfettered exchange of ideas.” Berkowitz’s research and writings have also appeared in The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Policy Review, Politico, RealClearPolitics, The Washington Post, the Yale Law Journal, and more.
Their discussion at St. Olaf is part of the Institute for Freedom and Community’s fall series on Academic Freedom: Its Meaning and Limits.