Hard heads, soft hearts: why our universities need both

In Australia and New Zealand, university leaders have called on their institutions to promote more open-minded and constructive debates, to help societies respond to complex challenges. University of Auckland vice-chancellor Dawn Freshwater writes that campus communities should be exemplars where scholars speak bravely and freely and with respect. At the University of Melbourne, vice-chancellor Duncan…

Book review: Open Minds (and the French Review connection)

Launched in March, Open Minds is a timely book for Australian university leaders and higher education policy makers. It has had thoughtful reviews from Peter Tregear and Andrew Norton. Law professors Adrienne Stone and Carolyn Evans (the latter is vice-chancellor at Griffith University) bring context and clarity to the uses and limits of academic freedom…