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.

John Leo, Editor

John Leo is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a 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."


James Piereson, Contributing Editor

James Piereson is a Senior Fellow and Director of Manhattan Institute's Center for the American University and president of the William E. Simon Foundation. Mr. Piereson's research focuses on the importance of the classical liberal education and intellectual pluralism.

Before joining the Manhattan Institute, Mr. Piereson was executive director and trustee of the John M. Olin Foundation (1985-2005, when, following longstanding plans, the foundation closed its doors). In addition, he served on the Political Science faculties of several prominent universities, including Iowa State University (1974), Indiana University (1975), and the University of Pennsylvania (1976-82), where he taught courses in the field of United States government and political theory.

He is the author (with J. Sullivan and G. Marcus) of Political Tolerance and American Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 1982).

Mr. Piereson earned a B.A. degree (1968) and a Ph.D. degree (1973) in political science from Michigan State University.


Judah Bellin, Assistant Editor

Judah Bellin is Assistant Editor at Minding the Campus. He graduated from Cornell University in 2012. His writings have appeared in Commentary, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, City Journal Online, and The New Criterion.




Judah Bellin
Editorial Assistant
Manhattan Institute

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