Higher Ed Now delves into issues of merit, fairness and equality, academic freedom, and more with Dorian Abbot, associate professor in the department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. It’s well known that Dr. Abbot was invited last year to give the prestigious Carlson Lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—and then, in September, he was disinvited by MIT after a group of activists launched an online cancellation campaign against him. This conversation between Dr. Abbot and ACTA’s Michael Poliakoff took place in Washington DC on the same day that Dr. Abbot received our Hero of Intellectual Freedom award.


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