A free speech initiative at Stanford
In 2018 Stanford University launched a new series of conversations on burning issues of our time, featuring some of today’s leading thinkers. The series is jointly hosted by the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and the Freeman Spogli Institute.
At a time when attempts are being made on both the far left and the far right to limit what can be discussed on university campuses, Stanford’s president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, and provost, Persis Drell, have signaled their commitment to free speech. On November 7, they announced that preparations were underway for “a series of discussions with well-known individuals who hold contrasting views on consequential subjects.”
The idea for this series originated with a diverse group of undergraduates, with views ranging across the political spectrum, all of whom felt that more could be done to air contested issues on our campus. We have given the series the name “Cardinal Conversations” because it seemed better to have conversations than either lectures or debates.
Cardinal Conversations events are exclusively for current full-time Stanford University students, faculty, and staff.
CARDINAL CONVERSATIONS LEADERSHIP
Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He has written fifteen books, including The House of Rothschild, Empire,The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, The Great Degeneration, and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist.
Michael A. McFaul
Michael A. McFaul is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution as well as a professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He also currently works as a news analyst for NBC. His areas of expertise include international relations, Russian politics, comparative democratization, and American foreign policy. From January 2012 to February 2014, he served as the US ambassador to the Russian Federation.
student steering committee
Stephanie Chen is a senior from Cupertino, CA studying computer science and literary translation. She is currently the managing editor of opinions at the Stanford Daily, as well as a member of its editorial board, and values the Daily’s role in facilitating conversation and discourse on campus.
Kyle Kinnie is a student studying International Relations and History. His interests lie primarily in history, geopolitics, and foreign languages. He is particularly interested in the cultural interplay between China and the West. When Kyle is not lifting weights or scaling mountains, he enjoys a quality book with a cup of strong coffee.
Christos Makridis is finishing his PhD in management science & engineering and PhD minor in economics with a focus in labor economics and household finance. At Stanford, he serves in the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at Vox Clara, a journal of Christian thought. Christos is passionate about research, higher education, and policy.
Anna Rose Mitchell
Anna is a junior from Michigan studying computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence. She is Editor-in-Chief of The Stanford Review, research assistant for Stanford's Global Digital Policy Initiative, and a member of the Stanford Political Union.
Justice Tention is a senior studying Mathematical and Computational Science and is the current President of the ASSU. He believes that Stanford's greatest strength is the diversity of its people and he's spent his career at Stanford surrounding himself with and supporting the diversity of Stanford's student body, faculty, and professional staff.
Ravi Harinder Veriah Jacques
Ravi Harinder Veriah Jacques is a sophomore from London majoring in history. In fall 2017, he founded The Stanford Sphere, a non-conformist left-wing newspaper, and is its current editor-in-chief. Ravi works as a research assistant for Niall Ferguson and is a keen violinist.
Antigone Xenopoulos is a Sophomore from New York City majoring in Symbolic Systems and Economics. She is an editor for the Stanford Review, a Research Assistant for Professor Amy Zegart, and a member of Stanford Consulting. She is intrigued by the intersection between policy and technology and hopes to pursue a career focused on this nexus.