The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

Updated: Mar 15



Context:

The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, formerly known as The Pope Center, is a right-wing higher education policy think-tank in North Carolina. In 2011, the New Yorker profiled Art Pope himself and his investment strategy for changing American politics through state legislatures like North Carolina's. In 2015, The Nation's Zoe Carpenter reported how the Pope Center then rose from "isolated ideological attacks" to a "wholesale gutting of the state's public colleges" through their large-scale investing against proclaimed "liberal bias" in higher education.


To understand the ideological view of the center, read "Renewal in the University: How Academic Centers Restore the Spirit of Inquiry" by Jay Schalin.