Problems in Higher Education Today
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Critical Race Theory has become a flash point in politics, workplaces, the military, K–12 classrooms, and our universities. Many argue that CRT turns its back on Martin Luther King, Jr. and related aspirational arguments about a colorblind constitution. The Center will examine these and related questions. Is CRT legal to teach among institutions that accept federal funding? What are the underlying arguments of CRT? How do Education Departments discuss and apply CRT? And what effects are Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts having on the academic sciences?
Our featured speakers will include:
Johnathan Butcher: Jonathan Butcher is the Will Skillman Fellow in Education at The Heritage Foundation. He is the author of Splintered: Critical Race Theory and the Progressive War on Truth (Bombardier Books, April 2022). He co-edited and wrote chapters in The Critical Classroom (The Heritage Foundation, 2022), discussing the racial prejudice that comes from the application of critical race theory in K-12 schools. In 2021, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster nominated Jonathan to serve on the board of the South Carolina Public Charter School District, a statewide charter school authorizer. He has researched and testified on education policy around the U.S.
Robert Maranto: Robert Maranto is the 21st Century Chair in Leadership at the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, and previously taught at Villanova and served in government in the Clinton years. He researches education reform and has served on his local school board and on a charter board. He edits the Journal of School Choice. With others he has produced 15 scholarly books including Educating Believers: Religion and School Choice (Routledge, 2020), Homeschooling in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2018), President Obama and Education Reform (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012), and The Politically Correct University (AEI, 2009)
Sarah Parshall Perry: Sarah Parshall Perry is a senior legal fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation where she focuses on civil rights, constitutional governance, regulatory policy, and the proper role of the courts. Sarah is the former Senior Counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
J. Scott Turner: J. Scott Turner is a physiologist by training, with a deep interest in the interface of physiology with evolution, ecology and adaptation. Since 1990, he has been on the faculty of the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, New York. He enjoys both teaching and researching, and has written two books, one on why animals build things, and the other on the problem of design in biology.