Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind launched much of today’s debate about the nature of education and the Western canon

The Allan Bloom Forum a student organization at Yale University, holds that ideas have consequences, and in this spirit, seeks to promote the public exploration of the ideas which have shaped American and Western culture. The Forum is named after Allan Bloom, who was a professor at Yale, philosopher and classicist. Bloom championed the idea of the Great Books education and became famous for his criticism of contemporary American higher education. The Forum invites distinguished individuals from academia, media, and related institutions to speak on cultural, historical, philosophical, and political subjects of general interest to the study of Western Civilization. Samples of past speakers are listed below. For information about upcoming Allan Bloom Forum events, contact the .

Dinesh D’Souza, author of Illiberal Education and The End of Reform

Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, and director of Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

Sherif Girgis law ’16, co-author of What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense

U.S. Representative Robert “Bob” Inglis (SC-4), founder of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative

Roger Kimball ’82, Managing Editor of the New Criterion and the author of Tenured Radicals

Alan Kors, Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

Hilton Kramer, Editor of the New Criterion and former Chief Art Critic of the New York Times

Erik Von Kuehnelt-Leddihn economist and author of Liberty and Equality

Harvey Mansfield, Kenan Professor of Government at Harvard University and author of Machiavelli's Virtue

Michael Medved ’68 law ’73, film critic for the New York Post and former host of PBS’ “Sneak Previews”

George Nash, presidential biographer and author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945

Roger Scruton, Editor of the Salisbury Review and author of An Intelligent Person’s Guide To Modern Culture

Nadia Urbinati, Professor of Political Theory at Columbia University and author of Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth, and the People

Judge John Walker ’62, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit