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July 2020

“Bolstering the Board” Webinar

Jul 23, 2020, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

On Thursday, July 23, Martin Center director of policy analysis Jay Schalin will discuss his latest report, Bolstering the Board: Trustees Are Academia's Best Hope for Reform. A Q&A session for registered attendees will follow. From the report's executive summary: "Reform cannot be expected to happen in a broad-based, organic fashion from within. The incentives are such that those who see the need for reform put their careers at peril for speaking out. The psychological phenomenon known as 'groupthink' is…

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October 2020

Getting Online Education Right

Oct 1, 2020, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Please join the Martin Center via Zoom for "Getting Online Education Right" on Thursday, October 1. This panel discussion features leaders in higher education. Our panelists include Catherine Truitt, Chancellor of Western Governors University North Carolina. Chancellor Catherine Truitt joined WGU North Carolina after serving as Associate Vice President of University and P–12 Partnerships at UNC General Administration. Prior to that, Catherine served as Senior Education Advisor to Governor Pat McCrory. In this role, she worked to ensure all North…

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November 2020

Fifth Annual Policy Banquet featuring Dr. Wilfred McClay

Nov 12, 2020, 5:30 pm7:30 pm
Carolina Country Club, 2500 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27609 United States
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You are invited to join the Martin Center for its Fifth Annual Policy Banquet! Virtual tickets are still available. Featuring Dr. Wilfred McClay, author of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story Dr. McClay's talk is entitled “The Role of History in Educating Citizens.” Thursday, November 12, 2020 Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. The Carolina Country Club 2500 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our dinner capacity is limited to…

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January 2021

Free Speech and Liberal Education: A Plea for Intellectual Diversity and Tolerance

January 14, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Dr. Donald Downs, Alexander Meiklejohn Professor of Political Science Emeritus and affiliate professor of law and journalism emeritus at the University of Wisconsin‐​Madison, will discuss his latest book, Free Speech and Liberal Education: A Plea for Intellectual Diversity and Tolerance, on January 14 from 12PM - 1:30PM. Register for the Zoom webinar here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C2LCdHJeTSKoqsPpL6zpIA Dr. Downs is lead faculty advisor to the Free Speech and Open Inquiry Project of the Institute for Humane Studies in Washington, D.C. He has won…

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February 2021

Political Reality on North Carolina Campuses: Examining Policy Debates and Forums with Diverse Viewpoints webinar

February 18, 2:00 pm3:30 pm

Join the Martin Center on Thursday, February 18th for a webinar on a forthcoming report by Dr. George R. La Noue entitled,  "Political Reality on North Carolina Campuses: Examining Policy Debates and Forums with Diverse Viewpoints." Dr. La Noue will present, followed by commentators UNC political science professor Dr. Sarah Treul and UNC Board of Governors member David Powers. The webinar will end with a Q&A session for attendees. Please click here to register for the webinar.  Dr. George R. La…

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May 2021

How Diversity Efforts Can Threaten Free Speech

May 13, 2:30 pm4:00 pm

Join the Martin Center on Thursday, May 13 at 2:30PM for a panel discussion about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs on college campuses and the threats they may pose to freedom of speech. Click here to register. Our panelists: Jeanette Doran, President of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law. Ms. Doran has served as President and General Counsel of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law since returning to the Institute to reorganize and restart the organization in…

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July 2021

In Praise of “Safe Spaces”: Balancing Academic Freedom and Wokeness

July 15, 12:00 pm2:00 pm
Carolina Country Club, 2500 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27609 United States
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Dr. Michael C. Munger Dr. Michael C. Munger, Duke University professor of political science and director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program, will be our featured speaker at this year's Summer Session luncheon! Join us at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, July 15th for Dr. Munger's talk on campus safe spaces. Dr. Munger will argue that Freedom of Association is the key to protecting academic freedom on "woke" college campuses. To learn more about Dr.…

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October 2021

Education Book Discussion featuring Kenny Xu

October 7, 2:30 pm4:00 pm
James G. Martin Center, 353 E SIX FORKS RD STE 200
RALEIGH, NC 27609 United States

On Thursday, October 7th, join the Martin Center as we welcome author and Asian-American activist Kenny Xu for a virtual talk entitled "Asian-Americans and Meritocracy: Why They Succeed, and Why the Woke Can't Stand Them." Xu's presentation is the first in the Martin Center's bi-monthly series of talks with authors of books about higher education.         Kenny Xu's An Inconvenient Minority sold out the first printing in two days and was highly ranked in the category of…

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Dubious Expediencies: How Short-term Thinking on Race Has Caused Long-term Problems in Higher Education

October 29, 5:30 pm8:00 pm
Carolina Country Club, 2500 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27609 United States
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The Martin Center will hold its annual policy banquet on Friday, October 29th—this year featuring Professor Gail Heriot—to discuss the "dubious expediency" of racial preferences. Tickets are available now!          The event is based on ideas discussed in a book of the same name. You may find A Dubious Expediency: How Racial Preferences Damage Higher Education, edited by Gail Heriot and Maimon Schwarzchild, on Amazon.

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December 2021

Education Book Discussion Featuring John Rose

December 2, 2:30 pm4:00 pm
James G. Martin Center, 353 E SIX FORKS RD STE 200
RALEIGH, NC 27609 United States
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On Thursday, December 2nd, join the Martin Center as we welcome author and Associate Director of the Arete Initiative John Rose for a virtual talk on his book Until Our Minds Rest in Thee: Open-Mindedness, Intellectual Diversity, and the Christian Life. Rose's presentation is the second in the Martin Center’s bi-monthly series of talks with authors of books about higher education. In addition to helping coordinate Arete’s programming, Dr. Rose teaches courses in Happiness and Human Flourishing, Christian Ethics, Conservatism, and…

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