Ralston College is a new institution of higher learning under the distinguished patronage of Harold Bloom, Hilary Putnam, and Salman Rushdie. The members of the College's Board of Visitors are Mark Bauerlein, Guyanne Booth, Rhea Bright, Timothy Burgess, Anthony J. Burton, †Mary T. Clark, T. Kenneth Cribb, Robert J. Dodaro, Donald L. Drakeman, Freeman J. Dyson, Stanley E. Fish, Reginald Foster, Frederic J. Fransen, Geoffrey G. Harpham, Mark C. Henrie, Douglas R. Hofstadter, Roger Kimball, Joseph L. Koerner, Alan Charles Kors, John Leo, Harry R. Lewis, Wilfred M. McClay, Michael C. Munger, David Novak, James R. Otteson, Jay Parini, William Craig Rice, Jane S. Shaw, James Tooley, Donald P. Verene, Elie Wiesel, and Todd J. Zywicki. The members of the College's Board of Governors are Stephen J. Blackwood, M. Tyus Butler Jr, Gavin G. Dunbar, Robert H. Jarman, and James A. Pritchard. Tyus Butler is the Chancellor of the College and Stephen Blackwood is its President and Vice-Chancellor. The Fellows of the College are Margaret E. Butler, Michael Chase, Cynthia Drakeman, Hans Feichtinger, John M. Hewson (Honorary), Michael D. Hurley, Roland Kuhn, and Lillien Waller.
Ralston College, which is located in historic Savannah, intends to become one of the finest institutions of higher education in history. It will begin its operations by offering a supremely challenging curriculum in the liberal arts and has as one of its primary goals the reinvention of the classical liberal arts college in a form appropriate to our time. The College aims to be at once both traditional and innovative; the standpoint from which it understands contemporary culture is radically discontinuous with the worldview that at present informs most institutions of higher education. Its collegiate culture and student experience will be unlike anything ever seen before, and precisely in order to accomplish this it intends to make judicious if occasional use in a suitably adapted form of many of the distinctive customs that have characterized college life over the centuries. The College will not attempt to act in loco parentis, and there will be no restrictions on freedom of speech. The College's motto, SERMO LIBER VITA IPSA, is a translation into Latin of the words "free speech is life itself", which come from an address delivered by Sir Salman Rushdie in December 1991 at a dinner at Columbia University marking the two-hundredth anniversary of the First Amendment.
It is not now accepting applications for admission, nor is it providing information to prospective students. The IRS has determined that the College is a Public Charity and that it is tax-exempt in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information about Ralston College please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or return to this website, where additional details will in due course be made available. Ralston College may also be found on Facebook and Twitter.