Heritage Events Podcast
Are Asian Americans the New Jews? - Bias against Asian Americans at Harvard Heads to Court
Starting in the 1920s, Harvard University discriminated against Jewish students to limit the number of Jews enrolled at the university, with university president A. Lawrence Lowell saying they would “ruin the college.” Today, Harvard University is limiting the number of Asian American students at the university, according to an internal report commissioned by the university itself as well as a lawsuit filed by Students for Fair Admissions and complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education by numerous Asian American organizations. Supporters of such bias claim it is needed to ensure “diversity” on campus. Does such discrimination violate federal civil rights law and the Constitution? Does Harvard’s “diversity” goal justify such bias? Discussing this will be a number of distinguished experts on civil rights law and the educational process, introduced and moderated by two senior Heritage scholars.
Re-Designing the Marine Corps for Future War: Necessity or Madness?
General David H. Berger, Marine Corps Commandant, is aggressively pushing a dramatic redesign of the Corps for future war incorporating new missiles, advanced sensors, unmanned platforms, and hypervelocity weapons. HisForce Design 2030effort has drawn enthusiastic support from those who agree that the Corps must change to remain relevant on a more lethal battlefield. But it has generated an equally fervent amount of criticism from others who think the effort is overly focused on China—rendering the Corps irrelevant across a range of other potentially more likely scenarios. To achieve its vision, the Corps is doing away with tanks, reducing conventional artillery, shrinking units, and placing new demands on the Navy, already struggling to modernize its fleet. But it is adding anti-ship missiles, doubling-down on unmanned systems, and reenergizing a profound discussion about the importance of naval power.Will a redesigned Corps make it irrelevant for land operations against conventional militaries of larger state powers or irregular forces like terrorist groups? Or are General Berger’s designs essential to America’s future ability to conduct nearly any military operation in any theater against a host of potential enemies?Join us for an in-depth conversation about all of this with nationally recognized experts who hold informed opinions on both sides of this issue: Dr. Frank G. Hoffman, Lt. Col. USMCR (Ret.), Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University, and Mark F. Cancian, Colonel, USMCR (Ret.), Senior Advisor, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
A Discussion with EPA Administrator Wheeler on Recent Successes
In the first half of 2020, the EPA has already taken numerous critical actions to help protect the environment while respecting the rule of law, federalism, and transparency. The agency has finalized efforts to both ensure that environmental regulations are based on sound and transparent science and environmental protections do more good than harm. Too often, however, opponents of these common sense reforms have used myths and scare tactics to distort the truth of the agency’s actions. These critics have even objected to the EPA using reasonable enforcement discretion during the pandemic. The reality is the EPA is taking a number of practical steps that are way past due. Join us as we hear directly from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to get the truth about the agency’s 2020 regulatory actions and what they mean to Americans.
Wokeism at Work: How "Critical Theory" and Anti-Racism Training Divide America
Following the death of George Floyd, books such asWhite Fragilityrose on bestseller lists and“anti-racist” training programs saw a massive increase in demand in corporate America and governments at all levels, and concepts like “unconscious bias” and “internalized racial superiority” found their way into everyday conversation. What is the origin of Critical Race Theory that informs much of this training and what are its goals? And, will this new form of identity politics truly heal our nation? Join us for a discussion on the pervasive trends that, under the guise of equality, make diversity training in government, corporate America, and schoolspernicious, divisive, and destructive.