According to former Portland State University professor Peter Boghossian, who now teaches at the University of Austin, “For the donors, this is not just a matter of, ‘Oh, let’s give people an alternative to a broken educational system and help them live better lives.'”
“There are larger economic issues at play as well,” he said in an interview.
“The University of Austin came into being as a result of the ideological capture of American universities,” he explained. “And it was a particular ideology promulgated by people on the far Left. Sometimes it’s called ‘woke ideology.’”
“The solution … to left-wing ideological capture of our institutions is not a right-wing institution,” Boghossian said. “It’s a truth-seeking university.”
He further discussed the school’s “forbidden classes,” which he says house “diverse views, actually people who hold different opinions,” and they “are presented about topics we wouldn’t or couldn’t or shouldn’t even talk about.”
Boghossian left his role at PSU after the school asked him to teach under conditions “that didn’t allow me to teach what I was hired to do, which was critical thinking and ethics.”
Founded just over a year ago, the new venture in academia hopes to be an establishment “committed to freedom of inquiry, freedom of conscience, and civil discourse.”
The university plans to welcome its first class of undergraduates in 2024, per its website. It has already launched its Forbidden Courses Summer Program and plans to expand it in 2023.