Davidson poised to become first private college in North Carolina to adopt free expression statement

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 9, 2021 – Davidson College is on the cusp of becoming the first private college in North Carolina to adopt a version of the Chicago Statement — the modern “gold standard” of commitments to free expression on campus. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal applaud President … Continue reading “Davidson poised to become first private college in North Carolina to adopt free expression statement”


Now Hiring: Research Associate

The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal is seeking an early career professional with a background in social science or public policy. A research associate at the Martin Center is responsible for advancing the organization’s mission through public policy research, writing, and reporting. This is a writing-intensive position. The research associate will report to … Continue reading “Now Hiring: Research Associate”


The Martin Center Stands with FIRE and the College Republicans at Washington & Lee Against Political Censorship

Contact information: The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal Jenna A. Robinson, President 919-828-1400 jarobinson@jamesgmartin.center Release date: October 25, 2021 THE MARTIN CENTER STANDS WITH FIRE AND THE COLLEGE REPUBLICANS AT WASHINGTON & LEE AGAINST POLITICAL CENSORSHIP Raleigh, NC, October 25—Last month, administrators at Washington & Lee told the university’s College Republicans chapter that … Continue reading “The Martin Center Stands with FIRE and the College Republicans at Washington & Lee Against Political Censorship”


Public Comment to the UNC Board of Governors

On Thursday, May 27th, Jenna Robinson submitted the following public comment to the UNC Board of Governors: Dear Chairman Ramsey and Board of Governors Members, I am writing to urge you to continue taking roll call votes during UNC Board of Governors meetings, including committee meetings. Although roll call votes were implemented as a necessary … Continue reading “Public Comment to the UNC Board of Governors”


Statement on Media Criticism of Nikole Hannah-Jones

Contact: Jenna A. Robinson, president Some members of the media have alleged that external criticism of Nikole Hannah-Jones, including criticism by the Martin Center, influenced the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustee’s decision not to confer tenure. That is not correct. The Board of Trustees made its decision prior to the Journalism School’s announcement that Hannah-Jones … Continue reading “Statement on Media Criticism of Nikole Hannah-Jones”


Martin Center Opposes Biden Rule on Critical Race Theory

Last week, Jenna A. Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education opposing “The Biden Rule,” a directive that would make critical race theory a priority in grant competitions.  Dr. Robinson asked Education Secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona to withdraw “Proposed Priority 1—Projects That Incorporate … Continue reading “Martin Center Opposes Biden Rule on Critical Race Theory”


The Martin Center Urges Federal Legislators To Reject The Civics Secures Democracy Act

Jenna A. Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, has co-signed an open letter to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) regarding their support for the Civics Secures Democracy Act. The letter, written by members of the National Association of Scholars’ Civics Alliance, urges these legislators to withdraw … Continue reading “The Martin Center Urges Federal Legislators To Reject The Civics Secures Democracy Act”


Martin Center Publishes “Blueprint for Reform: Affirmative Action” Policy Paper

The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal has published its seventh paper in the “Blueprint for Reform” series, “Blueprint for Reform: Affirmative Action.” Affirmative action is framed as a way to end discrimination and promote equality. However, it has led to unequal treatment of students on the basis of race, gender, economic status and national origin. … Continue reading “Martin Center Publishes “Blueprint for Reform: Affirmative Action” Policy Paper”


The Martin Center Supports the National Association of Scholars’ Civics Alliance Project

Jenna A. Robinson and George Leef, president and director of editorial content for the James G. Martin Center, respectively, have signed the National Association of Scholars’ Open Letter and Curriculum Statement in support of The Civics Alliance project. The Civics Alliance formed with support from education reformers, policymakers, and citizens of the United States who wish … Continue reading “The Martin Center Supports the National Association of Scholars’ Civics Alliance Project”


Martin Center Publishes Report About Viewpoint Diversity On North Carolina Campuses

Raleigh, NC—The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal has published a new paper by Dr. George R. La Noue, “Political Reality on North Carolina Campuses: Examining Policy Debates and Forums with Diverse Viewpoints.” The paper provides an overview of political and intellectual diversity on college campuses, student perceptions of campus free speech, as well … Continue reading “Martin Center Publishes Report About Viewpoint Diversity On North Carolina Campuses”