Upcoming Events

Cancel Culture, Free Speech and Meritocracy on Campus: An Evening with Dorian Abbot, University of Chicago Associate Professor of Geophysical Sciences

Join us 6:30 – 8:30 pm on April 20 at the Bottle Shop in Wilmette for a talk with Dr. Dorian Abbot, University of Chicago professor and fearless defender of freedom of speech and meritocracy on college campuses.  Get tickets here!

Dr. Abbot’s day job involves the use of mathematical and computational models to explain fundamental problems in Earth and planetary sciences. 

But he ignited a firestorm in late 2021 when MIT canceled a public lecture he was scheduled to give on climate and the potential for life on other planets. You’ll hear about that experience and others, as well as progress he’s made to preserve free inquiry and the rewarding of academic excellence as crucial to the mission of the university. 

Dr. Abbot is a founding member of the Academic Freedom Alliance, and co-founder of The Heterodox Academy STEM Community and UChicago Free.

Drinks and light snacks included in ticket purchase. Space is limited! Get your tickets today!

Past Events

Jeremy Adams, teacher and author of “Hollowed Out”

February 7, 6:30 – 8:30 in Wilmette

Have you sensed something is amiss with young people today? Have you noticed a rising pessimism in the kids around you? Do you worry about their lack of connectedness to both the people around them and the institutions that form the basis for American life? Are you concerned about the rising tide of activism among our youth aimed at dismantling these very institutions?

Do kids today seem hollowed out? And, if so, what can we do about it?

New Trier Neighbors welcomed Jeremy Adams, California Teacher of the Year and author of “Hollowed Out: A Warning about the Next Generation,” on February 7th via livestream from California at a live event in Wilmette.

View the video here! Buy his best-selling book here!

“The Facts about the SAFE-T Act, Amendment 1, and Other Issues Facing Voters on Election Day”

November 2, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Mallinckrodt 

Will the SAFE-T Act (in place starting Jan 1, 2023) make Illinois more safe or more violent? What can be done about it? Is Amendment 1 – also being called the Workers’ Rights Amendment — about “workers’ rights,” or granting unparalleled power to government unions? 

More than 65 New Trier Neighbors gathered to hear perspectives from Wirepoints’ Ted Dabrowski, Mark Glennon and Matt Rosenberg and discuss issues outlined in this recent piece by Wirepoints on the SAFE-T Act, this Amendment 1 website, and  a WSJ op-ed about Amendment 1.

“The Chicago Way” Comes to the North Shore

Did you miss our sold out fall event “The Chicago Way Comes to the North Shore with John Kass and Matt Rosenberg”? Click here for video!

On September 18 we were blessed with a beautiful day in a beautiful yard with a free-thinking group of people and the entertaining and insightful musings of two long-time respected observers of Chicago, John Kass and Matt Rosenberg!

John Kass is a columnist and former editorial board member for the Chicago Tribune. He is now principal of JohnKassNews.com and host of the popular “The Chicago Way” podcast on WGN+.

Matt Rosenberg is Senior Editor at Wirepoints and author of What Next, Chicago? Notes of a Pissed-Off Native Son.

Sponsored by New Trier Neighbors and Wirepoints.

An Evening with Deirdre McCloskey

Thank you to all who filled the house at The Bottle Shop on June 27 to welcome Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who shared her thoughts on freedom and innovation which as she said has made “everyone in this room wealthier than their ancestors.” Her latest book “Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich” says it all. 
You can read more about Professor McCloskey’s work here.

Identity Politics: The Challenge of Our Time w/ Josh Mitchell and Dan Proft

Professor Josh Mitchell of Georgetown University spoke to a sold-out crowd on the growing danger of identity politics on March 15 at NTN Board member Betsy Hart’s Wilmette home.  Radio Host Dan Proft moderated the discussion and the sold-out event barely even allowed for standing room! We were especially excited to have so many new faces join us including students, faculty, and staff from Northwestern University.

We are sorry we couldn’t accommodate everyone on the waitlist, but if you want a good sense of what Professor Mitchell discussed, you can find out by purchasing his book, “American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time.”

FAIR Illinois Holiday Party with Ted Dabrowski interviewing Dr. Jason Hill on his new book!

We enjoyed seeing many of you at the December 4th FAIR Illinois’ holiday party where Ted Dabrowski from New Trier Neighbors and Wirepoints led a wide-ranging conversation and Q&A with DePaul University professor of philosophy and 1776 Unites scholar Dr. Jason Hill about his new book, What Do White Americans Owe Black People: Racial Justice in the Age of Post-Oppression

Did you miss the event? Watch the video here!

September 28 NTN Webinar with Bonnie Snyder, Author of “Undoctrinate”

We welcomed Bonnie (again!) to discuss her new book Undoctrinate which helps parents better understand the situation on the ground in classrooms along with practical solutions. Video of event available here.

For past online New Trier Neighbors events visit our You Tube channel.

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