Registration Deadline- September 28!

Academic Freedom Book Group: The Coddling of the American Mind

Led by Josh Kittleman at Ann Arbor

  • Option 2: Zoom both campuses, Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central/2:00 0 3:00 pm Eastern: October 12, October 26, November 9, November 30. Register for option 2 HERE.
  • Option 3: In-person Ann Arbor in Science 101, Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern: October 11, October 25, November 8, November 22. Register for option 3 HERE.

The Academic Freedom Task Force is pleased to invite you to a book club to discuss The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt ( A free copy of the book will be provided to the first 30 people to register thanks to a grant from FIRE.

Over the course of four sessions, we will work our way through The Coddling of the American Mind, with collegial discussions of our agreements and disagreements of the arguments presented by the authors; please read these sections prior to each session:

  • Session 1: Intro & Part I: Three Bad Ideas
  • Session 2: Part II: Bad Ideas in Action
  • Session 3: Part III: How Did We Get Here?
  • Session 4: Part IV: Wising Up

The first session kicks off the discussion with three "untruths" presented in Part I: the untruth of fragility, the untruth of emotional reasoning, and the untruth of 'us versus them.' The second and third sessions focus on the consequences of these untruths on campuses across the US and the forces that led to these consequences. Finally, in the last session, we will discuss the authors' suggestions for "wising Up" (Part IV).

The Task Force encourages you to register if you are interested in current trends of campus culture, specifically related to issues of academic freedom and free expression. We want to have a wide range of opinions and experiences expressed during these book club discussions.

Registration is required. Registration closes Sep 28, 2022!