Salvatori Center

Paloma Palmer and Charlie Harris

It was the most exhausted Charlie Harris ’19 felt at CMC. And his brain loved every minute of it.

This past fall, Harris and 11 other 5C students were selected to participate in an inaugural Salvatori Center seminar centered on a complex, contemporary question, “Will Capitalism Destroy Itself?” The Saturday roundtable (the first of two on different topics slated for this academic year) re-engages with a liberal arts approach that can get lost in a sea of graded papers and structured syllabi, said George Thomas, director of the Salvatori Center.

Academic experts from across the country will be on campus Friday to discuss populism at a conference hosted by the Salvatori Center. “The Populist Challenge,” a set of three panels with professors discussing a range of political approaches, takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Freeberg Forum at the Kravis Center.

Jamel Velji at the lecturn

On campuses today, says Steven Hayward of UC Berkeley, we should ask whether trying to prevent harm by restricting speech is “any more sensible than trying to prevent crime by assigning every single person their own police officer.” By doing so, “we are actually going to be degrading the intellectual autoimmune systems of our students,” said Hayward, a sometimes-controversial conservative author and commentator.

Henry Jaffa

Harry V. Jaffa, a preeminent professor of political philosophy whose views contributed to CMC's early identity as a bastion of conservatism on the West Coast, passed away last week, on January 10 at Pomona Valley Hospital. He was 96.