Robert George receives Heterodox Academy Leadership Award for fostering open dialogue

May 9, 2018 9:31 a.m.

Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, professor of politics and director of the James Madison Program at Princeton, will receive a Leadership Award from the Heterodox Academy (HxA) in June.

Robert George

Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, professor of politics and director of the James Madison Program at Princeton, will receive a Leadership Award from the Heterodox Academy for championing a diversity of views on campus.

Also receiving the award is Cornel West, the Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, and Princeton’s Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies, Emeritus.

George will speak at the 2018 HxA Open Mind Conference and Awards in New York City on June 15.

George and West, both prominent public intellectuals, have co-taught courses and given presentations together from their viewpoints on opposite sides of the political spectrum — George is a political and social conservative and West is an activist who addresses issues of race and class. 

This is the inaugural year for HxA’s Open Mind Awards. The Leadership Award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is given to “the person or group that has most effectively championed the principles of viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding and constructive disagreement in the academy and beyond.”

According to its website, the Heterodox Academy is a politically diverse group of more than 1,800 professors and graduate students. It began as a blog in late 2015 and became a membership organization in response to requests from professors to join its mission to support viewpoint diversity in the academy.