About Us

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

When Allan Bloom wrote The Closing Of The American Mind more than two decades ago, he probably never imagined that the absence of intellectual pluralism he decried would still be upon us. There is an undeniable divide between the Academy and the larger society. The curtain that has been drawn around colleges and universities no longer protects intellectual exchange and a search for the truth. 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 ideas, offering an engaged debate for readers concerned with the state of the modern university and the society it serves. We provide a simple central resource, featuring fresh original content from professors and academics and we draw 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, Chairman of the Board 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. Jim’s most recent book is Shattered Consensus: the Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order.

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.”

daphne-pataiDaphne Patai, Secretary, is a scholar and author. She is professor emeritus in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her Ph.D. is in Brazilian literature, but her early work also focused on utopian and dystopian fiction. She is the daughter of the anthropologist Raphael Patai. After spending ten years with a joint appointment in women’s studies and in Portuguese, Patai became highly critical of what she saw as the imposition of a political agenda on educational programs. She has oversight and supervision of charitable activities, including corporate records and minutes.

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 appeared in 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. Other positions he has held include 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.”

27 thoughts on “About Us

  1. As a retired senior university administrator I appreciate you informing the public of the events occuring on todays campuses.

  2. I LOVE what you’re doing! I’m so glad I found you. As a conservative college professor, myself (unfortunately adjunct and without tenure), I’m in need of a new textbook that balances the liberal leanings (and liberties taken) of modern education.

    Such readings as John Leo’s “Free Inquiry? Not on Campus,” Gregg Easterbrook’s “The New Fundamentalism,” and Christina Hoff Sommers’s “The War Against Boys,” are at the heart of my class, but now my text (The Presence of Others: Voices and Images That Call for Response) is out of print. Of course, I’m frightened of requiring too conservative a text (lest I be called out and “fired” by students and/or administrators via low enrollment), but can you recommend a text that includes both sides, perhaps? Is it possible? Is there something close? To make my own will cost my students $120 due to copyright laws, and this is too expensive. I’d love some recommendations. Since your most recent article is on the terrible textbooks of freshman composition, I’d love the help of your site. Thank you!

  3. We live in a period of history in which intensifying gender, race and religious wars are leading to political disputes over nationalism versus globalism are threatening Western liberty with a return to primitive tribalism. Each side in the conflict, from conservatives and libertarians on the right, to liberals on the left, has its own high ideals and vision for the “social good” and the appropriate structure for our cultural, social and political institutions, which are deemed morally fit in accordance with each ethical view. Moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt terms this as “morality binds and blinds”, binding us together into social groups and blinding us from appreciating the moral values that guide the opposite side.

    1. In Brazil it happens practically the same in universities, in the subject of the human being the research seems a mere appendage of governmental policies of left. Numbers and feelings are the same in intellectual production. Fraud is the rule, and public authorities tolerate lies when they do not encourage it, and truth is punished.

  4. Never have so many been pushed around by such short fascists. We need specific
    actions that ordinary citizens can undertake to change the campus.

    1. Wow…”fascists”…????????????

      I think you might be confused about what that word means.

      I have a feeling you are taking lessons from #Cult45. *SMH*

  5. I read John Leo’s review (WSJ, July 19) of Treadgold’s book The University We Need. I graduated from Macalester College in ’67, when I was a flaming liberal. But intellectual balance still existed there. Most of my fellow political science majors were Republicans. We got along fine. But things changed. About 10 years ago I founded the Macalester Alumni of Moderation. Peter Wood knows us and published three articles we wrote. But it is an uphill battle. Liberal arts is no longer so embracing and liberal, and I’ve never felt the need for a comfort dog or safe space when I encounter someone I don’t agree with. And I am not a conservative right winger, either. I voted for Obama and HC. But I do know the difference between chicken salad and other stuff that comes out of chickens.

      1. Dear Good People,

        I am interested in working for Minding The Campus by focusing on what specific
        actions should be taken to change today’s campus. We won the writing war many years ago.

  6. Please stop using the Left’s Orwellian “Newspeak” in your articles. It’s not “Progressive” it’s Liberal. It’s not “Undocumented Immigrants”it’s Illegal Aliens. It’s not “Diversity” it’s Quotas. It’s not “Affirmative Action” it’s Reverse Discrimination. It’s not “Safe Spaces” it’s Censorship.

    Newspeak is about their side controlling the narrative, and when you are complicit it is infuriating.

    1. Just one minor comment to your post, Barry. It’s regarding the term “liberal” you used to describe progressives, and I would assume the left in general. I use the term “leftist” to describe them instead. Back in history, the word “liberal” used to mean “supportive of freedom.” The left, “progressives” included, has demonstrated so often these days, especially on campuses with their blatant suppression of free speech and free thought, that freedom is a value they scarcely hold anymore, if they ever did (which is doubtful at best). They don’t deserve the appellation “liberal.”

    1. It is with much difficulty that a Congolese can go around raping people. Most of them had their hands, feet and male members cut off during Belgian occupation. This method is used again under Kabila and Ngesso regimes.

  7. Just came across “Minding the Campus,” and I feel remiss in not having discovered you before.

    You’ve surrounded your most-worthwhile pursuit with a brilliant cast, spearheaded by the likes of John Leo — and you’re to be congratulated.

    All the puzzle parts are certainly in place; it would seem that all you need is a promotional campaign to increase your reach and optimize your influence.

      1. I can help. Forty years of media experience — creating, producing, scheduling and marketing of TV shows at Discovery, Nat Geo and public TV. Let me know what I can do, for free.

      2. Wow. We can use your help. Can you send me a link to your Wikipedia page or other bio? You can find me on Wikipedia, and John’s there’s, too. – Jacqueline Leo – volunteer.

  8. I wonder if you could enlighten me about why Black Lives Matter and T-shirts reminiscent of the Black Panthers became part of the mainstream college orientation ? Students who disagree with this have to accept it because otherwise they are abusing their “White Priviledge.”
    This indoctrination would never have been supported in colleges at one time and now is part of college sponsored RA orientation. This is a threatening program and it completely stops any discourse or disagreement. Our taxes support Education but my guess is few people know what is happening in higher education.

  9. From the Allan Bloom quote, through the defining of what Minding the Campus is About, a pleasure to make the acquaintance of educators who never stop searching and demanding solutions from voices large and small. You are appreciated.

  10. So this girl made false accusation of me to the school you know what happened I got banned from school ETC. so she made a long list of accusations that go like this ” please stop please ” she also said that i kiss he b**bs etc. Ok when she is taken to the police knowing she is lying change her version she said that i put my hand on her neck not hard and said ” she is everything I always wanted in a woman ” so police let me go, however she doesn’t want to admit the truth to school officials and they are punishing me 5 years anyway, cuz they don’t want to lose federal founding. What am I suppose to do ? I been on your website an my rights are no where, what is my schools suppose to do to get you off their ass so they can do justice and let me back to school? why a section “how to handle crazy bitches hasn’t been added yet? I’m appealing the Jan 4 the decision what can I say to don’t be ignored in my claim of innocence ?

  11. I remember reading John Leo in US News and World Report, Time, and the New York Times. John Leo gained distinction as a truth-teller. He continues to fulfill that worthy role at Minding the Campus.
    I remember reading John Leo in US News and World Report, in Time, and in the New York Times. During this career he gained for me and many others a distinction as truth-teller. He continues to fulfill that distinction.

    KC Johnson, an author at Minding the Campus, while obscure, is absolutely brilliant. He unabashedly challenges orthodoxy with truth. He deserves the widest dissemination.

  12. Students were shut down on the University of Michigan campus.
    BDS of Israel did not Pass. The meeting exemplified two things.., ivy league ignorance is loosing to truth and the west and east coast institutions are caught in a time warp from the 1960s that the mid west do not follow. Times are changing, not so cool to always support the ‘victims’ . The moslem brotherhood group are being exposed for what they are.,usefull idiots.

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