For most colleges, Covid-19 has destroyed existing economic, community, and recruitment models and left them with complex risks and tradeoffs. Re-opening campus is financially important but raises liability issues. Integrating health testing, movement tracing, and online LMS platforms raises civil liberty, privacy, and cybersecurity issues. In this panel we’ll evaluate perspectives on these risks and tradeoffs and their long-term impact on higher education.
Join moderator Christina Elson, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Capitalism, as she speaks with notable panelists Peggy Daley, Rogan Kersh, Neal McCluskey, and Robert Shibley on their insightful perspectives on the pandemic response and what that means for higher education.Peggy Daley is a Managing Director with Berkeley Research Group, and she specializes in conducting complex investigations on behalf of boards of directors, senior management, outside counsel and regulators. Ms. Daley’s work includes high profile investigations and compliance initiatives on behalf of higher education institutions, financial institutions, and healthcare providers. Ms. Daley has testified at regulatory and sanctions hearings and also serves as an expert witness in matters relating to fraud, data privacy, data analytics, TCPA and consumer fraud, compliance and data security. Who’s Who Legal has named her as one of a limited group of Forensic Investigations Experts every year since 2014 and noted that she is “one of the most highly respected nominees in our research overall.” Ms. Daley was selected in 2018 by Who’s Who as one of five U.S “Thought Leaders” in the field of Digital Forensics.
Rogan Kersh is provost and professor of political science at Wake Forest University. He has published three books, on American political history and on health policy; a 5th edition of his By the People: Debating American Government (with James Morone) will be published in 2021 by Oxford University Press. His current research projects include evaluation of health policies intended to reduce obesity rates, and a book project on “Millennials, Politics, & Culture.” Kersh teaches a Wake Forest course and has given dozens of talks on the millennial and following generations to audiences across the U.S. and Europe, including at TEDx conferences the past two years. Kersh has published over 50 academic articles, and does frequent media commentary on U.S. politics, health policy, and millennials/generations. He has been a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, a Luce Scholar, a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow, and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 15 years’ teaching at Yale, Syracuse, and NYU he won four university-wide teaching awards. Kersh received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale in 1996, and has professional experience in the U.S. Congress, the British Parliament, and at think tanks in Tokyo and Washington, DC. In Winston-Salem, he serves on the boards of the United Way and the RiverRun Film Festival, and chairs the Mayor’s Thought Force on Poverty.
Neal McCluskey is the director of Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. He is the author of the book Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education and is co‐editor of Educational Freedom: Remembering Andrew Coulson, Debating His Ideas and Unprofitable Schooling: Examining Causes of, and Fixes for, America’s Broken Ivory Tower. He also contributed a chapter to libertarianism.org’s Visions of Liberty. He also maintains Cato’s Public Schooling Battle Map, an interactive database of values and identity‐based conflicts in public schools, and is on the editorial advisory board of The Line, a journal promoting civil discourse in K-12 policy debates. His writings have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Forbes. In addition to his written work, McCluskey has appeared on PBS, CNN, the Fox News Channel, and numerous radio programs.
Robert Shibley is the Executive Director of FIRE, and during his 15-year career at FIRE, Robert has aided students and faculty members at hundreds of colleges and universities and personally traveled to dozens of campuses to educate students, faculty, and administrators about First Amendment issues. A free-speech activist who himself faced campus censorship, Robert’s writing has appeared in many national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, and TIME. He has also represented FIRE on NPR, The O’Reilly Factor, CNN Tonight, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Stossel, Fox & Friends, and CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, as well as many other national and international television and radio programs. A native of Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law, Robert is the author of Twisting Title IX, from Encounter Books.
Christina Elson is the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Capitalism. Christina is a firm believer in the value of interdisciplinary thinking in fostering creativity and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset in supporting individual flourishing. To the Executive Director role, Christina brings her background as an anthropologist and businessperson. Her business career has focused on designing realistic, executable strategies to successfully launch new initiatives and ventures while maintaining an underlying focus on continuous improvement. Her research career has focused on the creation and dissolution of shared elite identities and on the limits of early states. More recently, she has initiated projects exploring psychological traits and behaviors that support team success.