The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration.— Allan Bloom
With the 25th Anniversary of Allan Bloom’s The Closing Of The American Mind upon us, the absence of intellectual pluralism that Bloom decried is still depressingly upon us. There is an undeniable divide between the Academy and larger society; a curtain has been drawn around the academy, inside of which the protection of certain ideas has trumped intellectual exchange and a search for the truth. There should be no easy or protected answers in our schools. In the modern academy, many certainly do not know all of the ideas worthy of consideration. Minding the Campus hopes to change that by fostering a new climate of opinion that favors civil and honest engagement of all sides, offering an engaged debate for readers concerned with the state of the modern university. We provide a simple central resource, featuring fresh original content and drawing upon the best from established magazines and publications, as well as from less-visited corners, from professional journals to blogs and student publications. In connecting resources from disparate worlds, we hope to connect their readers, fostering potential for real discussion and change. A conversation about America’s Universities is needed; look for it here.
Minding the Campus Board of Directors
James Piereson, Chair of Minding the Campus, is president of the William E. Simon Foundation and serves on the boards of many other non-profits, including the Pinkerton Foundation, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, the Center for Individual Rights, the Philanthropy Roundtable, the Foundation for Cultural Review, the American Spectator Foundation, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Donors Trust. Trained in political science, he taught courses in political thought and U.S. government at Iowa State, Indiana University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution (2007).
Debra S. McEneaney, Director and Treasurer, is a partner in Hopeworks Ltd, a consulting company. She has applied over 40 years of marketing, management, and strategic planning know-how to a spate of non-profits, including the East Hampton Artists and Writers Charity Softball Game, where she grew the annual donations from $20,000 to $202,000 over nine years. She is currently Marketing and Community Advisor for the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center.
Mark Bauerlein, Director and Vice President is an English professor at Emory University and the author of the 2008 book, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30), which won the Nautilus Book Award. Bauerlein worked at the National Endowment for the Arts, serving as the Director of the Office of Research and Analysis. Bauerlein contributed to the NEA study, “Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America.”
Karen Ann Love, Director and Secretary, has provided, strategic, operating and legal advice to nonprofit organizations on matters relating to governance and board relations, development and charitable events for more than 15 years. She has advised, drafted or negotiated on fundraising, sponsorship, and commercial disaster relief and other emergency assistance programs; gift agreements and grant agreements; establishing and administering grant-making guidelines; establishment, and approval, of scholarship programs; and forming and seeking federal, state and local exemptions for nonprofits. In addition to her work with nonprofits and her strong commitment to pro bono matters, she has devoted the rest of her practice to media/ entertainment / sports law matters, and general corporate / litigation matters.
John Leo, Editor, is a former senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at the Institute’s City Journal. His popular column, “On Society,” ran in U.S.News & World Report for 17 years, and was syndicated to 140 newspapers through the Universal Press Syndicate. Leo has worked as a senior writer for Time magazine, and as a staff reporter for the New York Times specializing in intellectual trends and the social sciences. Among other position he has held are assistant administrator of New York City’s environmental protection administration, editor of a Catholic newspaper in Iowa, associate editor of Commonweal, book editor of the social science journal Trans-Action (now Society), and “Press Clips” columnist for the Village Voice. He is the author of three books, most recently “Incorrect Thoughts.”