Goldstein: Research Universities Have a Duty to Reopen

UNC-Chapel Hill professor, Buck Goldstein discusses how and why universities should reopen as the country battles COVID-19.

Free Expression and Constructive Dialogue at UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill professors Jennifer Larson and Mark McNeilly discuss freedom of expression and constructive dialogue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the Spring of 2019, Jennifer and Mark (as well as UNC professor Timothy Ryan) were eager to better understand students’ experiences with free speech and constructive dialogue at their university. They conducted a survey and focus groups to gather data. Their research led to four principle findings and a set of recommendations for improvement. In this presentation, Jennifer and Mark will discuss their final report, as well as the process of performing research in this area.


Covid-19 and Empty College Seats: Interview with Sean Mulholland

Western Carolina economics professor Sean Mulholland speaks with Shannon Watkins about his working research paper entitled “COVID-19 Prevalence and Empty College Seats.”

Moving Forward: Covid-19 and Higher Education

The president of the Martin Center, Jenna A. Robinson, offers some recommendations on how colleges and universities can navigate the new challenges posed by the coronavirus.

Free Expression at UNC-Chapel Hill

Shannon Watkins interviews professor Mark McNeilly. McNeilly teaches marketing and organizational behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill and recently co-authored a research paper with two other UNC Chapel Hill professors: Jennifer Larson and Timothy J. Ryan. Their paper is entitled: “Free Expression and Constructive Dialogue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”

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The Martin Center’s Library: What We’re Reading

Jenna Robinson and Shannon Watkins discuss three important books related to higher education:

  • “Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education” by Jason Brennan and Phillip Magness.
  • “The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great” by Ben Shapiro.
  • “The Assault on American Excellence” by Anthony Kronman.

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“An Ivory Tower of Our Own” Interview with Frederick Hess

Shannon Watkins interview Frederick Hess, director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, about a recent article he co-authored entitled “An Ivory Tower of Our Own.”

A Higher Ed Quick Take: Athletes to Profit from Their Image

Jenna Robinson and Shannon Watkins discuss the NCAA’s recent decision to allow college athletes to profit from their image and likeness.

Institutional Neutrality

Institutional neutrality is a principle that colleges and universities shouldn’t take a stand one way or another on political or polarizing issues.