Twenty years. That’s how long it’s been since the release of Allan Bloom’s scathing indictment of higher education and surprising best seller, The Closing of the American Mind. Yesterday, in honor of the late Professor Bloom, the Manhattan Institute hosted a conference which asked the question: The American Mind: Opening or Closing? Luckily for us, works from the conference will appear on the New Criterion and on Minding the Campus — one of the best web sites around for information about what’s happening on campus and how to reform our wayward universities. For those of you too young to know what the fuss was all about, a fine collection of “Bloomabilia” (e.g. essays and reviews about the Bloom’s book) is available along with a collection of winning essays by college students ruminating about the book’s relevance for today. Well worth a look.