Heather is a scientist, educator, and author. She earned her PhD in Biology from the University of Michigan, where she earned the university’s top honor for her dissertation. On top of that she has a B.A. in Anthropology, which is the study of human societies and behaviour. She has researched the evolution of social systems across a range of organisms, including humans, and her book, Antipode, is based on her experiences in Madagascar while studying the sex lives of poison frogs.In 2017, she resigned from her tenured professorship at The Evergreen State College, where for fifteen years she provided undergraduates an evolutionary toolkit with which to understand what it is to be human, and how to be critical, engaged citizens of the world. She designed courses that prioritized the scientific method, and pushed students outside of their own certainty and comfort zones. And this is most of what we get in to – the relationship between safety and risk, the growing attack on science, and how to improve your critical thinking skills. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/strongerminds.
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Heather Heying (former professor at Evergreen State) joins Dave Rubin to discuss she and her husband Bret Weinstein’s resignation from Evergreen State University, why she still considers herself a progressive, her views on consciousness, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
My guest today is Heather Heying. She and her husband Bret Weinstein formerly taught biology at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. After some highly publicized protests in the middle of 2017, both Heather and Bret left the college. Heather now describes herself as a professor in exile. You can find out more about her at heatherheying.com.
0:00 The uniqueness of Evergreen State
5:42 Activities since leaving Evergreen
10:10 Economic privilege in academia
15:00 Safe space, identity politics, etc.
20:10 Why Evergreen needs a better president
The vast majority of schools out there are proclaiming to their potential students and current students, their current faculty and staff, and future faculty and staff, “We are about social justice.” And that comes at a high, high cost. And I know anecdotally (and I also know non-anecdotally) that students are turning away. At Evergreen many students effectively looked at that and said, “Not for me. That doesn’t sound like an education to me.”
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