Higher Ed Now podkast

Higher Ed Now

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

Higher Ed Now is a production of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. It is a podcast concerning issues and policy in America's higher education system.

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    Ed Yingling - Pioneering the Alumni Free Speech Alliance

    35:44

    ACTA’s president Michael Poliakoff has a bracing conversation with Ed Yingling, a co-founder of the Alumni Free Speech Alliance (AFSA)—a new consortium of alumni groups dedicated to preserving free speech on their college campuses. Yingling and ACTA Board member Stuart Taylor, also co-founders of Princetonians for Free Speech, launched the project with an explosive op ed in the Wall Street Journal on October 18, 2021. The piece, Alumni Unite For Freedom Of Speech: Many Left-of-Center Professors Now Realize That They Too Can Be Brutally Canceled by the Mob, prompted a flood of inquiries from alumni of more than 60 colleges and universities, all seeking guidance on how to recruit and organize alumni from their respective alma maters as bulwarks against the creeping illiberalism and cancel culture gripping college campuses.  Yingling describes what inspired him to take action, provides a start-up plan for alumni to stand up new groups and link up with others in the expanding alumni free speech movement, and previews exciting developments at AFSA in 2022.
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    Robert McCrum: Shakespeare, Ever Present

    38:49

    ACTA's president Michael Poliakoff joins author and editor Robert McCrum to explore his latest book, Shakespearean, an inspiring portrait of one of the most influential writers in history. McCrum elaborates on how Shakespeare's works resonate today as vividly as they did centuries ago, and why it is paramount to keep his works alive and strong in the modern college curriculum.
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    George Harne: Liberal Education and "The Symphony of Knowing"

    39:08

    ACTA's Jonathan Pidluzny and Nathaniel Urban interview George Harne, Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas in Texas. "Liberal education is almost like becoming a conductor in training," Dr. Harne says. "The goal is to be able to get a vision of an integrated whole, to know the natures of things, the essences of things, and then to know their objective relations with one another. . . Being liberally educated also means as you continue to learn, being able to integrate that new knowledge into the symphony of knowing." 
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    Jonathan Rauch: Unpacking "The Constitution of Knowledge"

    52:46

    The acclaimed author, journalist, and activist Jonathan Rauch sat down with ACTA's Doug Sprei to explore the social and political vectors that led him to write his remarkable new book, "The Constitution of Knowledge." Rauch is a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing editor at The Atlantic; he's also a champion of civil discourse, and a longtime friend of ACTA who sparked our flourishing College Debates partnership with Braver Angels and BridgeUSA.
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    Abraham Unger: A Conservatory Model for Liberal Arts

    45:22

    Professor Abraham Unger has a unique vision for liberal arts education. Long before before spending a decade as Director of Urban Programs at Wagner College in New York, he was an undergraduate student concentrating on classical guitar at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. In this episode of Higher Ed Now, he sits down with ACTA's Michael Poliakoff and Doug Sprei to reflect on the precarious condition of colleges and universities today, and explores the concept he is shaping for liberal arts education based on the conservatory model he experienced as an undergraduate.
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    John Altman: Keys to a Consequential Governing Board

    35:34

    ACTA's Armand Alacbay sits down with John W. Altman -- distinguished entrepreneur, business leader, educator, and veteran trustee at several colleges and universities -- to explore the distinct strengths that trustees should bring to any institutional governing board. Having recently stepped up as ACTA's board chairman, Altman brings a lifetime of experience and insight into helping higher education institutions stay on course and fulfill their mission.
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    Pano Kanelos: "Liberal Education Is Conversation"

    49:56

    Pano Kanelos, the noted educator, Shakesperean scholar, and champion of campus discourse, goes one on one with with ACTA's Michael Poliakoff to reflect on his tenure as the 24th president of St. John's College in Annapolis. Kanelos unpacks a pedagogical tradition where all students are immersed in conversation and the study of 200 great books.
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    The Pandemic and Student Substance Abuse

    1:06:43

    As campuses reopen, how can college leaders help students who struggled with alcohol and drug use and mental health issues during the pandemic? In ACTA's webinar, The Pandemic and Campus Substance Use: What Colleges Need to Know Now, four distinguished health experts explored this topic, from research to practical solutions on the ground. Panelists included Robert L. DuPont, M.D. of the Institute for Behavior and Health; Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. of the University of Maryland School of Public Health; Ellen Rome, M.D., M.P.H. of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Children’s; and Caleb S. Boswell, L.L.P.C., N.C.C. of the Office of Counseling & Career Planning at Washtenaw Community College.
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    Jodi Shaw: Standing Against Regressive Orthodoxy at Smith College

    43:16

    ACTA president Michael Poliakoff sits down with Jodi Shaw, an alumna and former employee of Smith College who took a courageous stand against critical race orthodoxy at Smith. Her story, reported in The New York Times and major news venues, prompted ACTA to award her with a Hero of Intellectual Freedom Award, to be presented later this year. In our podcast, Shaw outlines the events and reasons leading to her resignation from Smith College, and elaborates on why she believes that what passes for “progressive” at Smith and many other institutions today is actually deeply regressive.
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    Wade Eyerly: Insurance for Your College Degree

    41:39

    For most students, a college education is one of the biggest investments they’ll ever make in their lifetime. What if colleges and universities could take the risk out of that monumental investment by insuring future income for graduates? ACTA's Armand Alacbay explores this model with Wade Eyerly, the co-founder and CEO of Degree Insurance, which guarantees a student’s earnings in the five years after receiving a college degree.

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