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Students Describe Lessons at the New Anti-Woke University of Austin

Students Describe Lessons at the New Anti-Woke University of Austin

“This is an insanely intelligent group of people — a genuinely thoughtful, bold group of kids.”

This is the new university created by Bari Weiss and others. It sounds like they’re off to a great start.

The New York Post reports:

Students reveal ‘forbidden lessons’ taught at anti-woke University of Austin

Fed up with the increasingly woke and intolerant political climate on American campuses, former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss last year announced the launch of The University of Austin, a new four-year college dedicated to “the fearless pursuit of truth.” The college aims to welcome its first class of full-time four-year undergraduates in 2024, and last month, its first summer program, “The Forbidden Courses” series, admitted 80 students from colleges across the US.

“This is an insanely intelligent group of people — a genuinely thoughtful, bold group of kids. And it bodes very, very well for the future of the institution,” University of Austin founding faculty member Peter Boghossian told The Post. A former professor at Portland State who came under fire for publishing hoax papers in woke academic journals, Boghossian taught a course at the University of Austin called “Street Epistemology,” about conversational techniques that help people think more critically about deeply-held beliefs.

During the two, week-long summer sessions, funded entirely by donor contributions and held at a temporary location in Dallas, students attended small, discussion-based seminars, such as “Critical Thinking and Freedom of Expression” taught by feminist and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, alongside shorter workshops, like “How to Be Liberal in an Illiberal Age” taught by Weiss.

Author Rob Henderson, known for coining the term “luxury beliefs” to describe woke ideology, taught a seminar called “The Psychology of Social Status” and said he was blown away by his politically diverse students who ranged from “proponents of Marxism” to “defenders of monarchy as their favorite political system.” But one thing clearly united all his students: when he asked how many held back their opinions out of fear of social repercussions, he said nine out of ten raised their hands.


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America is still a country of entrepreneurs.

They should not expect, nor should they take, any federal money.

    wsot23887 in reply to Dimsdale. | July 21, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    I bet they don’t. The crap sandwiches you gotta eat for that? Ask Hillsdale.

    CellarDoor in reply to Dimsdale. | July 22, 2022 at 10:43 am

    The glaring blind spot in this article is that there will NEVER be any criticism of Israel allowed at the university. So how American is it really? Israel sends spies to the U.S. like Jonathan Pollard and we act like it’s ok and allow a Presidential pardon. If any other country did this to us we would be hysterical but it’s tolerated when it’s Trump pardoning Israeli spies. So I doubt this University will allow true free speech and thought since it’s tied to Bari Weiss.

      BLBeamer in reply to CellarDoor. | July 22, 2022 at 3:10 pm

      How much crack did you smoke before writing this?

      Are you claiming a direct connection between a Trump pardon and the University of Austin?

      It would be more meaningful if you wondered if praise of Israel would be allowed at the vast majority of American colleges.

Elon should start a chain of K-12 STEM-based schools.

A Punk Named Yunk | July 22, 2022 at 6:12 pm

It’s a pretty good bet that any students here will be denied Fed-backed student loans.

University of Austin. It classes in Dallas?