Speaking Out Against Censorship in Academia

Shannon Watkins interviews University of Houston professor Adam Ellwanger about an open letter he wrote decrying censorship in academia.

Student Anxiety Is a Growing Issue

Shannon Watkins interviews Anthony Hennen, the Martin Center’s Managing Editor, about an article he wrote on student anxiety.

Students Are Clueless About History

Shannon Watkins discusses the causes and effects of widespread historical ignorance.

Bolstering the Board: Interview with Jay Schalin

Shannon Watkins interviews Jay Schalin, the Martin Center’s Director of Policy Analysis, about his recent report entitled “Bolstering the Board: Trustees Are Academia’s Best Hope for Reform.”

The report can be found here: https://www.jamesgmartin.center/2020/07/bolstering-the-board-trustees-are-academias-best-hope-for-reform/

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.”

You can read the report here.

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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.

Come visit our library by making an appointment: https://www.jamesgmartin.center/projects/martin-center-library/