Announcing Our Podcast, Curriculum Vitae

Nov 08, 2018 |  NAS

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Announcing Our Podcast, Curriculum Vitae

Nov 08, 2018 | 


Today the National Association of Scholars releases the first episode of Curriculum Vitae, a weekly podcast hosted by NAS President Peter Wood.

Curriculum Vitae will introduce listeners to key people and issues in higher education—as well as some of the important ideas, books, works of art, and intellectual disciplines that higher education today too often ignores. Peter Wood will interview professors, policy experts, artists, writers, and other key figures who seek to rebuild the cultural and intellectual excellence that higher education needs.

In this first episode, Peter Wood sits down with appellate attorney Dennis Saffran to discuss Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, a lawsuit alleging that Harvard’s admissions practices involve discrimination on the basis of race. They review the evidence suggesting that Harvard engages in discriminatory behavior—and discuss why racial identity should play no role in determining who should or should not be admitted to college.


Cortes DeRussy

| November 08, 2018 - 1:26 PM

This is a wonderful discussion not only of the Harvard case in question but it provides a historical context for discrimination at Harvard and similar institution. The characterization of those holding such views as having adopted a secular “Religion of Diversity” is quite accurate and of great concern.

Thank you for a most interesting and informative discussion.


| November 08, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Thank you for inaugural podcast re. discrimination in college admissions (i.e. Harvard case).  I would like more discussion about the following:
1.  Why shouldn’t a “private” institution be free to choose whatever students they want?  Then the “consumers” (i.e. applicants) are free to choose the college community that suits their liking.  Freedom of Choice!  Freedom of association!
2.  If receiving “federal money” is the determining factor, why are private institutions receiving federal (taxpayer) money????  Way too much federal meddling and social engineering by “the elite geniuses” bullying us with their policies.

Trent England

| November 08, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Delighted that NAS has a podcast. Thank you for your good work!

Keith Whitaker

| November 09, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Thank you, Peter and Dennis, for this highly informative and insightful discussion of this case. Given the recent election, which seems to have underscored the connection between college educational status and membership in the “church of diversity”—as well as the political importance of that connection—NAS’ stand against racial discrimination reveals itself to matter to much more than college admissions alone. I look forward to future podcasts.