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Upcoming Conference on the Academic Monoculture

A major conference on the political monoculture of American higher education will take place at the University of Southern California on Saturday, April 22nd. Organized by the California Association of Scholars, the event is co-sponsored by six other groups interested in higher education reform, including my own, the National Association of Scholars (the CAS’ parent organization), the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), and the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). FIRE co-founder Alan Kors will provide the keynote address. Other speakers include, Mike Ratliff of ISI’s Jack Miller Center, ACTA president Anne Neal, PLF principal attorney Sharon Browne, PRI president Sally Pipes, University of Colorado Regent Tom Lucero, NoIndoctrination.org president Luann Wright, the associate director of Princeton University’s James Madison Program, Brad Wilson, well known writers on higher education, Martin Trow, John Ellis, and Charles Gershekter, and yours truly.
The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Davidson Conference Center at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. Registration is $25, including a luncheon. Further details can be obtained on the website of the California Association of Scholars, or through the CAS’s executive director Rick White (rwwhite@aol.com).

Stephen H. Balch was the founding president of the National Association of Scholars. In 2007 he received the National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush.

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