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Conservative thinkers, ideologues announce creation of ‘fiercely independent’ University of Austin alternative college

Most of the people associated with this project are not conservatives. They’re mostly liberals, centrists, and center-right types. This is not Liberty University, Brigham Young, or even Hillsdale College. Although I am skeptical of the viability of this project, I’m for as much diversity of education as possible.

By Dan Carson

The conservative-led university says it is dedicated to ‘the fearless pursuit of truth’ and ‘reclaiming a place in higher education.’

A slew of conservative thinkers, ideologues and media personalities have signed on to the creation of a new alternative university in Austin, Texas, according to tweets and articles published by the newly-announced school’s staff Monday morning.

Called the University of Austin, the college announced in a Monday video tweet its charter, objectives and a list of staff and supporters. Those associat

“We’re done waiting for America’s universities to fix themselves,” the school’s video rollout states. “So we’re starting a new one.”

In a blog post on Weiss’ “Common Sense with Bari Weiss” Substack, University of Austin founder Panos Kanelos, the former president of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, railed against what he believes is a culture of illiberalism permeating higher education in America today.

“So much is broken in America,” Kanelos writes. “But higher education might be the most fractured institution…Nearly 70% of students favor reporting professors if the professor says something students find offensive.”

Called the University of Austin, the college announced in a Monday video tweet its charter, objectives and a list of staff and supporters. Those associated with the new institution range from former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss to experimental psychologist and one-time Jeffrey Epstein associate Steven Pinker.

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