Scholar to reflect on ‘innovative initiative’ experiences

Steven Hayward

The first-ever visiting scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at CU-Boulder will discuss his experiences in academe during a Nov. 9 visit to Colorado Mesa University.

Steven Hayward, the inaugural visiting scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado Boulder, will offer reflections and observations on his early experiences in the first semester of this “unique and innovative initiative.”

“At a large and truly diverse campus, there are lots of surprises and paradoxes to be learned about the challenges facing major research universities today,” Hayward said.

Hayward’s lecture is titled “A Conservative Look at the Higher Education Landscape.” The Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy is a three-year pilot program supported by private funds at CU-Boulder.

The Nov. 9 event is co-hosted by CU Regents Glen Gallegos, Steve Bosley and Stephen Ludwig. Gallegos represents the 3rd Congressional District, while Bosley and Ludwig hold statewide seats on the Board of Regents.

Hayward’s presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. (after a 9:30 a.m. reception and continental breakfast). It will be held at the Colorado Mesa University Moss Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall, which is one block north of North Avenue on 12th Street.

The event is sponsored by CU-Boulder’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Conservative Thought and Policy initiative program, and Colorado Mesa University’s Associated Student Government and Political Science Club.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration can be completed online by visiting

Free parking will be available across from Moss Performing Arts Center and in the garage north of Moss and north of Elm Avenue.

Hayward, Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Fellow at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, began his one-year appointment beginning this fall.

At his hiring, he said, “This is a bold experiment for the university and me to see whether the ideological spectrum can be broadened in a serious and constructive way.”

This semester, Hayward is teaching two undergraduate political-science courses—Constitutional Law 1 and “Varieties of Conservative Experience.” Additionally, he is fostering discussion by hosting public events in the campus community and around the state.

For more information about the Conservative Thought and Policy initiative, see


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