2017 Spring Gala with Charles Murray

"Intellectual Intolerance: What's Happened to America’s Colleges?"

Intellectual Takeout hosted Charles Murray to discuss the intellectual intolerance permeating higher education, as well as what to do about it. Dr. Murray analyzed the culture of suppression of academic freedom throughout American academia, laying significant blame at the feet of many professors who are, rather forcibly, initiating students into a postmodern, nihilist mindset. Murray's solutions were not quick fixes, but require thoughtful engagement with the greater culture of American society, by initiating them into "a sense of the majesty of Western Civilization" and "the profound usefulness of great thoughts".

 

Dr. Charles Murray first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, The Bell Curve, co-authored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America's class structure. His book, Coming Apart, describes an unprecedented divergence in American classes over the last half century. Murray helped put the issue of academic freedom on the map when he was attacked by a group of social justice at Middlebury College.