John Tomasi

John Tomasi is a political philosopher who earned his graduate degrees at Oxford University. He has held teaching and research positions at Princeton, Stanford and Harvard Universities. Tomasi was for many years the Romeo Elton 1843 Professor of Natural Theology at Brown University. In January of 2022, Tomasi left his (comfortable!) chair at Brown to become the first President of Heterodox Academy in NYC.

Heterodox Academy is a non-partisan, non-profit organization of 6000+ university professors and administrators who love their universities, and try to help them to live up to the ideals of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement.

Engagement as an HxA Member:
Presented at HxA Virtual Event, Summit, or Conference
Published on HxA: The Blog
Guest on HxA Podcast
HxA Writers Group Member or Veteran
Active Member of an HxCommunity
Active Member of an HxA Campus Community
Faculty Fellow at HxA Center for Academic Pluralism
Speaker's Title and Institutional/Organizational Affiliation: President, Heterodox Academy
Event Type :
Fireside Chat
Book Talk
Constitution Day Event
Classroom Visit
Debate, Forum, or HxConversation
Speaking Topics - List up to 5 specific topics or titles, each separated by a semicolon: Political Philosophy; Libertarianism; Ethics; Institutional Neutrality; Heterodox Academy
Blackout Dates (Dates speaker is unavailable, Date/Month/Year): August 2024
Distance Willing to Travel: Any/No Limits to Travel Radius
Scholarly Area: Social Sciences
Modality of Event : In Person and/or Virtual
Willingness to be recorded: Willing
Speaking Fee (Not including travel/lodging expenses): Other (Contact Speaker for Fee)
Recent Appearance (1 of 5) -title, host institution, year: "HxA: Elevating Universities from Within," Fireside Chat with Governor Spencer Cox and John Tomasi - #DisagreeBetter Colorado Roundtable, 2023
Recent Appearance (2 of 5) -title, host institution, year: "When the University Speaks, What Should it Say?," Cornell University, 2023
Recent Appearance (3 of 5) -title, host institution, year: "Intellectual Humility and the Search for Truth," International Reputation Week, hosted by The University of Navarra's campus in Madrid, 2023
Recent Appearance (4 of 5) -title, host institution, year: “Trust in Science and Academia,” sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, 2023
Recent Appearance (5 of 5) -title, host institution, year: "Building an Open Culture for Free Expression at MIT," hosted by MIT Free Speech Alliance, 2023
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