Academic Freedom

Adam Kissel

Program Officer at the Charles Koch Foundation


Adam Kissel graduated from Harvard University and from the University of Chicago, where he served as Student Liaison to the Board of Trustees and earned a master's degree from the Committee on Social Thought. Over five years at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), he has spoken about free speech, religious liberty, academic freedom, and due process on college campuses in more than 15 states, at CPAC, and for professional and community organizations. His academic interests include the history and theory of liberal education and rhetoric's relationship with philosophy. He also has served as a professional editor for Nobel laureate James Heckman and for faculty in a variety of disciplines. In recent years, Mr. Kissel won a First Prize in education reporting from the National Education Writers Association and was named a “Champion of the First Amendment” at Iowa State University. He now works in higher education philanthropy in the D.C. area.

Cost: $1,000 negotiable; prefers to make own travel arrangements

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Topics: Academic Freedom Constitution Education Free Speech Religious Liberty


Jason Brennan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University


Jason Brennan (Ph.D., University of Arizona, Philosophy, 2007) is Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is the author of Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Ethics of Voting (Princeton), and, with David Schmidtz, A Brief History of Liberty (Blackwell, 2010). He is currently writing Civic Enemies for Princeton University Press and Compulsory Voting: For and Against, with Lisa Hill, for Cambridge University Press. Brennan specializes in questions of civic virtue, responsible government, democracy and political pathologies, freedom, and the moral foundations of market societies.

Cost: $500-$1,500 per day, plus airfare and lodging

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Topics: Academic Freedom Economics & Capitalism Liberty Religious Liberty Role of Government Welfare


David Horowitz

President of the David Horowitz Freedom Center


David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine, Ramparts. He is the author, with Peter Collier, of three best selling dynastic biographies: The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976); The Kennedys: An American Dream (1984); and The Fords: An American Epic (1987). Looking back in anger at their days in the New Left, he and Collier wrote Destructive Generation (1989), a chronicle of their second thoughts about the 60s that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ Witness and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism. Horowitz examined this subject more closely in Radical Son (1996), a memoir tracing his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative activist that George Gilder described as “the first great autobiography of his generation.”

Horowitz continued his chronicle of the consequences of radical politics in The Politics of Bad Faith (2000), Hating Whitey (2000), Left Illusions (2003), and The Party of Defeat (2008). His Art of Political War (2000) was described by White House political strategist Karl Rove as “the perfect guide to winning on the political battlefield.” Unholy Alliance (2004) was a prophetic work pioneering the view that the Islamo Fascists are working hand in glove with the secular left.

In 1988, Horowitz created the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC) — renamed by its board of directors the David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) in July 2006 — to institutionalize his campaigns against the Left and its anti-Americanism. The DHFC’s mission is to defend the principles of individual freedom, the rule of law, private property, and limited government.  It further seeks to defend free societies in the war against their enemies, and to reestablish academic freedom in American schools.  The DHFC is supported by 100,000 contributors and publishes FrontpageMagazine.com,  an online magazine featuring articles on “the war at home and abroad,” which receives approximately a million visitors per month. Another DHFC website, DiscoverTheNetworks.org, is an encyclopedia of the political Left and its networks.

Horowitz has devoted much of his attention over the past several years to the radicalization of the American university In 2003, he launched an academic freedom campaign to return the American university to traditional principles of open inquiry and to halt indoctrination in the classroom. To further these goals he devised an Academic Bill of Rights to protect students from abusive professors. In the same year Horowitz founded Students for Academic Freedom (SAF), which now has chapters on 200 college campuses. Asserting that, “You can’t get a good education if they’re only telling you half the story,” Horowitz called for inquiries into political bias in the hiring of faculty and the appointment of commencement speakers.

In three years Horowitz’s campaign for academic freedom was able to make intellectual diversity and academic freedom front-burner issues on college campuses across the country. In June 2005, in direct response to his campaign, the American Council on Education, which represents 2000 colleges and universities, called on its members to create grievance procedures for students who were politically harassed by their professors. In July 2005 the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 111-87 to create a Select Committee on Academic Freedom, which then held hearings throughout the state, which lasted until June 2006. On July 19, 2006, the Temple University board of trustees adopted a new policy, which gave students academic freedom rights – the first university to do so.

Horowitz has chronicled the radicalization of the American university and the way indoctrination has replaced education in four books: Uncivil Wars (2003); The Professors: the 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America (2006)Indoctrination U. (2008);  One Party Classroom (2009) and most recently Reforming Our Universities (2010).

Cultural critic Camille Paglia has said of David Horowitz: “I respect the astute and rigorously unsentimental David Horowitz as one of America’s most original and courageous political analysts. . . . As a scholar who regularly surveys archival material, I think that, a century from now, cultural historians will find David Horowitz’s spiritual and political odyssey paradigmatic for our time.”

Norman Podhoretz, former editor of Commentary magazine, says of Horowitz: “He differs from some of the other ‘second-thoughts’ generation in having pulled no punches and in having broken more decisively than some of them with left-wing pieties — whether liberal or socialist. . . . David Horowitz is hated by the Left because he is not only an apostate but has been even more relentless and aggressive in attacking his former political allies than some of us who preceded him in what I once called ‘breaking ranks’ with that world. He has also taken the polemical and organizational techniques he learned in his days on the left, and figured out how to use them against the Left, whose vulnerabilities he knows in his bones. (That he is such a good writer and speaker doesn’t hurt, either.) In fact, he has done so much, and in so many different ways, that one might be justified in suspecting that ‘David Horowitz’ is actually more than one person.”

Henry Mark Holzer, a libertarian lawyer who has represented Soviet dissidents fleeing Communism for freedom in the West, has given expression to sentiments shared by many of Horowitz’s supporters among conservatives: “I don’t say loosely that someone is a hero. But in my view, David Horowitz fits the definition of that term. He is a man who has stood up, and for a long time stood up alone, for his values.”

David Horowitz has spoken at over 300 colleges and universities and continues to visit more than 30 campuses a year.   He has appeared on Nightline, Crossfire, Today, Hannity and Colmes, the O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CNBC, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.  He gives hundreds of interviews yearly on radio and television.

Cost: $7,000 requested, negotiable; Security, travel, and lodging is provided by the Freedom Center

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Topics: Academic Freedom Communism & Progressivism Education Foreign Policy Israel Radical Islam


Larry Schweikart

Author and Professor at the University of Dayton


Larry Schweikart, born in Arizona, graduated of Arizona State University, at which point he went on the road for several years with rock bands, opening for groups such as Steppenwolf and Savoy Brown. He had an abrupt change of career in the mid-1970s, deciding he wanted to be a professional historian, and returned to school, acquiring an MA from Arizona State and a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara. He has taught for 25 years at the University of Dayton, specializing in business and economic history and technology/war issues.

After publishing numerous scholarly and academic books, he began writing for the commercial popular market and in 2004, with Michael Allen, published the New York Times #1 bestseller, A Patriot’s History of the United States, followed by 48 Liberal Lies About American History and Seven Events that Made America America. He has been a frequent guest on the Glenn Beck show, Fox and Friends, and BOOK TV. He has also appeared on the Tavis Smiley Show, Al-Jazeera Television, and the Rush Limbaugh Show. He ceased drumming in early 2000.

Cost:  $1,000 plus travel outside of OH. Inside OH, $300 plus travel expenses. (Travel includes air and lodging, as well as incidentals such as parking and taxi).

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Topics: Academic Freedom Communism & Progressivism Economics & Capitalism Education