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 three 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.

John Leo is Editor-Emeritus of Minding the Campus. He 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.”

 

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Minding the Campus is a subsidiary of the National Association of Scholars (NAS), a New York City-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting reasoned scholarship in a free society.

 

16 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Mr. Leo,

    I was sorry to learn that you are retiring. I think you and your wife did an outstanding job. Is there any possibility that you can find a replacement? (Perhaps one of the members of the Board of Directors.)

    1. Thanks, Joel. It’s complicated, because legally, the site must be “gifted” to another 501c3. We’re trying to do that, and we’ll keep readers posted.

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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