Published on: February 3rd, 2022

Scott Atlas Speaks on Pandemic at Hillsdale College Kirby Center

The Academy for Science and Freedom fellow gave a talk titled “The SARS2 Pandemic: Will Truth Prevail?”

HILLSDALE, Mich. — Scott Atlas, a fellow at Hillsdale College’s Academy for Science and Freedom, spoke on the SARS2 pandemic at College’s campus in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24. Hillsdale College faculty, students, and community members attended.

Atlas, also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, discussed the poor political and regulatory response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the urgent need to restore trust in the country’s political, healthcare, and education institutions. His presentation provided a candid perspective on the actions and decisions made by American political and healthcare leaders from the beginning of the pandemic.

“The management of this pandemic has left a stain on many of America’s once noble institutions, including our elite universities, research institutes and journals, and public health agencies,” said Atlas. “Among the most damaging aspect of the pandemic has been the harm to the essential functioning of science, research, and debate.”

Atlas noted that, though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention appears to be recognizing many of the problems with its lockdown approach, it is still pushing ineffective and poorly contrived vaccine guidelines.

Atlas’s lecture was hosted by Hillsdale College’s new Academy for Science and Freedom. The Academy was established in 2021 to combat the recent and widespread abuses of individual and academic freedom made in the name of science. Atlas is one of the Academy’s fellows, along with Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University and Martin Kulldorff formerly of Harvard University.

More information about the Academy, its fellows, and its work can be found here. Atlas’s talk can be found here.


About Scott Atlas

Scott W. Atlas, M.D., is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. Dr. Atlas investigates the impact of government and the private sector on access, quality, pricing, and innovation in health care and is a frequent policy advisor to government and industry leaders in these areas. He has served as a senior advisor for health care for several presidential candidates and has advised Congress on health care reform. From August to December of 2020, he served as a special advisor to the president of the United States and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

About Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale in D.C. is an extension of the teaching mission of Hillsdale College to Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to teach the Constitution and the principles that give it meaning. Through the study of original source documents from American history—and of older books that formed the education of America’s founders—it seeks to inspire students, teachers, citizens, and policymakers to return the America’s principles to their central place in the political life of the nation.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit