Little Platoon Seminar: Academic Freedom Then and Now

March 18-18, 2023
Wheaton College
9am-1pm CST

Why Does Academic Freedom Matter?

Academic freedom is an increasingly debated topic in our time, but it is of course not a new one. This seminar, the second of Wheaton’s St. Catherine Society, will discuss a classic and more recent discussion about academic freedom on American campuses, examining William F. Buckley’s God and Man at Yale (1951) alongside Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s The Coddling of the American Mind (2018). Participating students will be given both books, and will come having read them and prepared for lively discussion after brief professor presentations. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor is an Associate Professor of Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College and serves as Faculty Coordinator of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) Aequitas Fellows Program. His research and teaching interests include political economy and comparative politics. He specializes in the regions of Asia and Europe and directs undergraduate research projects employing quantitative methodology.

Matthew J. Milliner

Matthew J. Milliner is associate professor of art history at Wheaton College. He holds an M.A. & Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University, and an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has written for publications ranging from The New York Times to First Things, and is author of The Everlasting People (InterVarsity Press, 2021) and Mother of the Lamb (Fortress Press, 2022).