Chloé Valdary

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Chloé Valdary
EducationUniversity of New Orleans
OccupationWriter, entrepreneur, lecturer
Known forSocial commentary; founding Theory of Enchantment

Chloé Simone Valdary is an American writer and entrepreneur whose company, Theory of Enchantment, teaches social and emotional learning in schools, as well as diversity and inclusion in companies and government agencies.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Valdary grew up in New Orleans, in a family that belonged to the Seventh-Day Sabbatarian Christian Intercontinental Church of God.[2] In 2015, Valdary graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Orleans, earning a BA in international studies.[3]


Valdary founded a pro-Israel student group, Allies of Israel, while a student at the University of New Orleans.[4][5][6] Over the years, she has participated in debates where she represented the Zionist perspective[7] and is from a Zionist school of thought akin to Rudy Rochman.

Before 2015, she served as a Robert L. Bartley Fellow and Tikvah fellow under journalist and political commentator Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal.[8][9] In addition to The Wall Street Journal,[10] Valdary has written articles for The New York Times[11] and The Atlantic magazine.[12]

Valdary has also criticized Critical Race Theory, asserting that it fails to truly capture human complexity and oversimplifies reality.

Theory of Enchantment[edit]

Theory of Enchantment (ToE) is a conflict-resolution program developed by Chloé Valdary that combines social & emotional learning, character development, and interpersonal growth.[13][14] Characterized as a "compassionate antiracism" (contrast to such philosophies as those of Robin DiAngelo), it is based on three fundamentals called the "Theory of Enchantment Three Principled Practice":[15]

  1. "Treat people like human beings, not political abstractions;"
  2. "Criticize to uplift and empower, never to tear down, never to destroy;" and
  3. "Root everything you do in love and compassion."

This practice uses the study of pop culture and literary texts by seminal writers and thinkers, which includes such materials as popular films, songs, books, and essays.[14]

The program is divided into parts, each with their own relevant pop cultural materials and tasks for the student:[14]

  1. "Complexity in one's self" — understanding and contemplating one's "internal complexity." Materials for this can include:
  2. "Complexity in one's neighbor" — learning how to be in a healthy relationship with others. Materials for this can include:
  3. "The purpose of criticism" — understanding that criticism "should be rooted in positive intent and personal edification." Materials for this can include:
  4. "The role of love" — understanding that "ToE is a practice in love both for one's self and for one's neighbor." Materials for this can include:


  1. ^ Valdary, Otis Houston interviews Chloé (12 December 2019). "Back into the Fold: An Interview with Chloé Valdary". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  2. ^ "Back into the Fold: An interview with Chloé Valdary". LA Review of Books. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  3. ^ Lipinski, Jed (May 21, 2015). "UNO to award degrees to more than 900 students at Friday commencement". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Chloé Valdary". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Non-Jewish New Orleans University Sophomore Creates "Allies for Israel"". The Algemeiner. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  6. ^ Marcus, Lori Levanthal (14 January 2013). "African-American student starts Pro-Israel Group in New Orleans". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  7. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  8. ^ JNS (August 18, 2015). "Documentary on Campus Anti-Semitism Draws Big Crowd Near Chicago". Jewish Business News. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  9. ^ Paresky, Palema (2019-11-09). "Chloé Valdary Disagrees". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2020-07-21.
  10. ^ Valdary, Chloé (July 29, 2015). "An Unwelcome Palestinian Reformer". Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ Valdary, Chloé (2017-08-22). "Opinion | Why I Refuse to Avoid White People". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  12. ^ Valdary, Chloé (2017-09-28). "There's No Single Explanation for Trump's Election". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  13. ^ "Meet the founder". Theory of Enchantment. Retrieved 2021-06-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ a b c "About". Theory of Enchantment. Retrieved 2021-06-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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