Nov 16, 2021
So UATX happened.
Dear God I wish stuff would stop happening.
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Pano Kanelos at Bari Weiss's Substack We Can't Wait For Universities to
Fix Themselves. So We're Starting a New One
- The numbers tell the story as well as any anecdote you’ve read
in the headlines or heard within your own circles. Nearly a quarter of American academics
in the social sciences or humanities endorse ousting a colleague
for having a wrong opinion about hot-button issues such as
immigration or gender differences. Over a third of conservative academics and PhD
students say they had been threatened with disciplinary action for
their views. Four out of five American PhD
students are willing to discriminate against right-leaning
scholars, according to a report by the Center for the Study of
Partisanship and Ideology.
- The picture among undergraduates is even bleaker. In Heterodox
Academy’s 2020 Campus Expression Survey, 62% of
sampled college students agreed that the climate on their campus
prevented students from saying things they believe. Nearly 70% of
students favor reporting professors if the professor says something
students find offensive, according to a Challey Institute for Global
Innovation survey. The Foundation for Individual Rights in
Education reports at least 491 disinvitation campaigns since
2000. Roughly half were successful.
University of Austin
The University of Austin website
Under "Our principles"
- Universities devoted to the unfettered pursuit of truth are the
cornerstone of a free and ﬂourishing democratic society.
- For universities to serve their purpose, they must be fully
committed to freedom of inquiry, freedom of conscience, and civil
- In order to maintain these principles, UATX will be ﬁercely
independent—ﬁnancially, intellectually, and politically.
Under "What Makes UATX Different"
- A COMMITMENT TO FREEDOM OF INQUIRY
We’re reclaiming a place in higher education for freedom of
inquiry and civil discourse. Our students and faculty will confront
the most vexing questions of human life and civil society. We will
create a community of conversation grounded in intellectual
humility that respects the dignity of each individual and
cultivates a passion for truth.
We’re completely rethinking how a university operates by
developing a novel financial model. We will lower tuition by
avoiding costly administrative excess and overreach. We will focus
our resources intensively on academics, rather than amenities. We
will align institutional incentives with student outcomes.
Our curriculum is being designed in partnership not only with
the world’s great thinkers but also with its great
doers—visionaries who have founded bold ventures, artists and
writers of the highest order, pioneers in tech, and the leading
lights in engineering and the natural sciences. Students will apply
their foundational skills to practical problems in ﬁelds such as
entrepreneurship, public policy, education, and engineering.
- Beginning Summer 2022
- The Forbidden Courses
- Our Forbidden Courses summer program invites top
students from other universities to join us for a spirited
discussion about the most provocative questions that often lead to
censorship or self-censorship in many universities. Students will
become proficient and comfortable with productive disagreement.
Instructors will range from top professors to accomplished business
leaders, journalists, and artists.
- Beginning Fall 2022
- ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND LEADERSHIP MA PROGRAM
- The primary purpose of most conventional business programs is
to credential large cohorts of passive learners with a
lowest-common-denominator curriculum comprised of the most abstract
principles of accounting, finance, management, and organizational
- In this 12-month program, UATX will recruit elite students from
top schools, teach them the classical principles of leadership and
market foundations, and then embed them into a network of
successful technologists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and
public-policy reformers. Students will then actively apply their
learning to the most urgent and seemingly intractable problems
facing our society, both in the private and public sectors.
Under "Frequently Asked Questions"
- Do you have a physical location?
- Our headquarters are located in central Austin: 2112 Rio Grande
Street, Austin, TX 78705
RashChapman, Attorneys at Law
Texas Tribune, The new University of Austin hopes
to counter what its founders say is a culture of censorship at most
- They also haven’t officially received nonprofit status from the
federal government. They are using Cicero Research, which is run by
Austin-based tech investor and advisory board member Joe Lonsdale,
as a temporary nonprofit sponsor.
- According to the 2020 tax filing for Cicero
Research, its mission is to “create and distribute non-partisan
documents recommending free-market based solutions to public policy
issues,” and “produce and distribute non-partisan educational
materials about the importance of preserving Texan policies, values
Lonsdale tweet about Pete Buttigieg's
- Great for fathers to spend time w their kids and support moms,
but any man in an important position who takes 6 months of leave
for a newborn is a loser. In the old days men had babies and worked
harder to provide for their future - that’s the correct masculine
US tech investor Joe Lonsdale
refuses to apologise for ‘loser’ paternity tweet
Why Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale
is leaving Silicon Valley
- Lonsdale said that 10 to 15 of his firm’s 45 employees are
likely to join him in the Austin area. He’s also moving his policy
organization, Cicero Institute, to the city.
- Among 8VC’s better-known investments to date are Palmer Luckey’s
start-up, Anduril, which is building a
virtual border wall, and Dustin Moskovitz’s software company,
Asana, which went public in September. He’s also
putting a lot of money in health-care companies like insurance
provider Oscar Health and men’s health