Courage in Education Award
The Courage in Education award is granted each year to an institution or member of academia who demonstrates a commitment to open inquiry, free speech, and intellectual diversity – traditional ideals of higher education that have been usurped in recent years in favor of identity politics and free speech restrictions.
Hillsdale College — Larry Arnn, President
The Steamboat Institute is proud to award the 2020 Courage in Education award to Hillsdale College in recognition of the courage and leadership displayed by the College in educating students on America’s founding principles and in standing strong for justice and equality. Hillsdale’s recent statement on the principles of equity and justice, upon which the College was founded, is an example for other universities to follow. Rather than cave to public demands for cheap virtue-signaling, Hillsdale College has set a standard for staying true to its principles, which provide the best opportunity for solving the grave problems facing our nation.
Samuel Abrams, Professor, Sarah Lawrence College
Professor Samuel Abrams, professor of politics and social science at Sarah Lawrence College, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and faculty fellow with New York University’s Center for Advanced Social Science Research, was awarded Steamboat Institute’s 2019 Courage in Education Award for his brave efforts to protect viewpoint diversity on campus by calling out the unbalanced growth of progressive events sanctioned by the university administration.
Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland
The Steamboat Institute awarded University of Maryland President Wallace Loh with its Courage in Education award for 2018. President Loh has been a staunch defender of free speech on campus throughout his career. He gave an impassioned and articulate defense of the Steamboat Institute’s Campus Liberty Tour, which protesters wanted canceled because they disagreed with its message. In 2018, following the recommendation of the university’s Joint President/Senate Inclusion and Respect Task Force, President Loh approved the adoption of a university-wide Statement on Free Speech Values.
Brandon Van Dyck, Assistant Professor of Government and Law, Lafayette College
In honor of his efforts to promote political and intellectual diversity at Lafayette, the Steamboat Institute presented Brandon Van Dyck, assistant professor of government and law, with its 2017 Courage in Education award. The Steamboat Institute awarded Professor Van Dyck with this prize for his work on The Mill Series, which brings to Lafayette speakers who challenge mainstream campus opinion.
Bruce D. Benson, President of the University of Colorado
To recognize his remarkable achievement in welcoming intellectual diversity and the free and robust exchange of ideas at CU Boulder, the Steamboat Institute awards Bruce D. Benson with its Courage in Education award. Because of President Benson, CU set an outstanding example for other universities by encouraging open inquiry, vigorous debate, and the free exchange of ideas.