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January 2021

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

Jan 14, 2021, 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

Feb 18, 2021, 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, 2021, 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

Jul 15, 2021, 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

Oct 7, 2021, 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

Oct 29, 2021, 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

Dec 2, 2021, 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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February 2022

Millennials Are Dangerous, and We Made Them This Way

February 10, 11:30 am1:00 pm
Carolina Country Club, 2500 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27609 United States
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Mark Bauerlein Mark Bauerlein joins the Martin Center on Thursday, February 10th for a presentation about how the growth of students' power and moral authority on campus has led to both a decline in academic rigor and the elevation of social justice in American higher education. Bauerlein argues that the fault lies not with the students, but with the faculty members who have willingly ceded their own authority. The presentation will take place during a luncheon at the Carolina Country…

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Education Book Discussion Featuring Mary Grabar

February 23, 2:30 pm4:00 pm

On Wednesday, February 23, the Martin Center welcomes Dr. Mary Grabar to discuss her latest book, Debunking The 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America. In her book, Grabar, shows just how full of flat-out lies, distortions, and noxious propaganda the “1619 Project” really is. It is essential reading for every concerned parent, citizen, school board member, and policymaker.     Mary Grabar was born in Slovenia when it was still part of the Communist Yugoslavia and grew up…

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May 2022

Education Book Discussion Featuring George Leef

May 26, 2:30 pm4:00 pm
James G. Martin Center, 353 E SIX FORKS RD STE 200
RALEIGH, NC 27609 United States

On Thursday, May 26th, the Martin Center will host a webinar with its director of editorial content, George Leef, to discuss his first novel, The Awakening of Jennifer Van Arsdale. A Q&A session for attendees will follow the presentation. The novel’s setting is the American political scene in the near future. The country has been under complete “progressive” domination for more than eight years and the erosion of freedom has accelerated. Free speech is besieged, the rule of law is…

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