Stanley Kurtz


“Western Civ” Was Not a Late Invention

The claim that “Western civilization” as a concept and a course of study was invented during World War I is mistaken. Under only slightly different names, Western Civ has been taught since colonial times, appealing across the political spectrum until the late 1960s.

Common Core Has Failed. Now What?

In the midst of the pandemic, with the country’s attention riveted elsewhere, something of great potential consequence for American K-12 education has just happened. Years from now we might look back on this moment as a turning point: the true beginning-of-the-end for Common Core.

The Greatest Study of Western Civilization Ever Written

If there is one early history of the West still worth reading in this day and age, Francois Guizot’s The History of Civilization in Europe is definitely it.

American Business Must Rethink Its Relation to Politics

American business needs to get off the path to slow-motion suicide, and to defend the free-enterprise system.

Two Secularizations and the Fate of Conservatism

Ever since William F. Buckley’s day, the conservative movement has grown in response to the departure of secular radicals from the national consensus, first with the increasing rejection of traditional religious morality by the left, more recently with the left’s departure from core tenets of liberal democracy and its refusal to embrace our national and civilizational stories.

AUDIO: Stanley Kurtz Discusses Intellectual Diversity on Campus on First Things Podcast

EPPC Senior Fellow Stanley Kurtz appeared on the First Things podcast to discuss free speech on the college campus, academic freedom, and why a “Campus Intellectual Diversity Act” is a good idea.

Fossil Fuel Divestment versus Institutional Neutrality: A North Carolina Test Case

Institutional neutrality means that universities should avoid taking official political stands at the institutional level, such as divestment from fossil fuels, since such actions tend to pressure faculty and students holding contrary views into silence. This is particularly true for public universities such as the University of North Carolina Asheville, for they belong to every citizen of the state.

Fix Free Speech or No Higher-Ed Act Reauthorization

All indications are that Congressional Republicans have decided against including free-speech protections in the coming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, in significant part because House Democrats are refusing to go along. That has got to change.

A Turning Point in the Campus Free-Speech Crisis

A growing confrontation at the University of Arizona is a rare case where student disruptors are facing real consequences for their actions. Yet if the growing rebellion by anti-free-speech students and faculty at UA gets its way, it would be a disaster for free speech, and would mark a new and dangerous turn in America’s campus crisis.

The Politics and Policy of Trump’s Campus Free-Speech Order

President Trump’s decision to issue an executive order protecting freedom of speech on America’s college campuses marks an inflection point in a decades-long struggle over the direction of the American academy.