Higher education leaders, scholars, policy experts, and concerned trustees and alumni congregated on October 20, 2017 to discuss the latest developments in higher education reform. Panels addressed the most pressing issues facing today's leaders—preserving academic freedom and the liberal arts tradition, cutting costs, and promoting accountability and affordability at America’s colleges and universities.
ACTA President Michael Poliakoff kicked off the 2017 ATHENA Roundtable Conference and introduced our first panel, moderated by Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell. The panel featured Steven Benner, distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution who served as a student member of the 1974 C. Vann Woodward Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale; Philip Hamburger, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman professor of law at Columbia Law School; Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University; and Allison Stanger, professor of political science at Middlebury College.
The second panel at ACTA's 2017 ATHENA Roundtable was moderated by Paul Fain, news editor of Inside Higher Ed. The session featured Michael Adams, chancellor of Pepperdine University; Michael Berghoff, chairman, Purdue University Board of Trustees; Stephen Ludwig, regent, University of Colorado; and Anne Neal, senior fellow and co-founder of ACTA.
The keynote address was delivered by Christopher Newport University President Paul Trible.
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