Stephen J. Blackwood

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Stephen Blackwood
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NationalityCanada (by birth); United States (since 2009)
EducationKing's College (BA, Classics); Dalhousie University (MA, Classics); Emory University (PhD, Religion)

Stephen James Blackwood (born 1975) is a scholar, cultural commentator, and social entrepreneur.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Blackwood was born in Alberta, Canada, and grew up in Prince Edward Island.[3] He is the eldest of ten children.[3] He was educated at the University of King's College (BA), Dalhousie University (MA), and Emory University (PhD).[3]


Blackwood is the founding President of Ralston College,[4][5] a proposed university in Savannah, Georgia.[6]

Blackwood lectures and writes on the intellectual and cultural development of the West, and specializes in the history of philosophy,[7] especially Boethius.[8][9][10] Oxford University Press published his book The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy in 2015.[11][12]

Blackwood was a founding Executive Director of St George's YouthNet,[13][14] an educational mentoring program for inner-city youth in the North End district of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was subsequently a teaching fellow in the Foundation Year Programme[15] at the University of King's College.[16] He is a Member of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism[17] and sits on the Board of the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation.[18]

He has argued in defense of the integrity of the private sphere[19] and in opposition to Obamacare.[20][21] His op-ed[22] in the Wall Street Journal about his mother's loss of her cancer coverage as a consequence of the Affordable Care Act was read on the floor of the US Senate and entered into the Congressional Record.[23][24][25][26]

Blackwood was the host and moderator of a conversation between Jordan Peterson and Sir Roger Scruton at Cambridge University on November 2, 2018.[27][28] He also moderated a debate called “Happiness: Capitalism vs. Marxism” between Slavoj Žižek and Peterson on April 19, 2019.[29]

Ralston College[edit]

Ralston College is a proposed institution and it is not yet admitting students.[30] It anticipates focusing on the liberal arts,[31] and has declared a commitment to freedom of speech, enshrined in its motto "sermo liber vita ipsa" ("Free Speech is Life Itself").[32][33]

Among the members of its Board of Visitors are Vernon Smith, Heather Mac Donald, Harry Lewis, Sir Roger Scruton, Ruth Wisse, Freeman Dyson, and Roger Kimball.[34]


  1. ^ Fish, Stanley Eugene (November 8, 2010). "The Woe-Is-Us Books". The New York Times. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Kimball, Roger (February 22, 2013). "How to Choose a College: A Primer". Roger's Rules. PJ Media. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Stephen J. Blackwood website". Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ^ The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. "Pope Center Authors: Stephen Blackwood". Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  5. ^ Ralston College. "People". Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Ralston College. "Ralston College". Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2006). "Songs of Salvation: Diogenes of Oinoanda and Epicurean Hymnody". Pagani e Cristiani alla Ricerca della Salvezza (Secoli I–III), Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum. 96. Rome: Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum (XXXIV Incontro di Studiosi dell’Antichità Cristiana). pp. 379–394.
  8. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2002). "Philosophia's Dress: Prayer in Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy". Dionysius. XX: 139–152. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  9. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2007). "Mixing Ancient Beats: Boethius and the Power of Poetic Meter" (PDF). 2007 Annual Conference on Christian Philosophy: Boethius. Franciscan University of Steubenville. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-09-07. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  10. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2009). "Flēbĭlĭs heū maēstōs cōgŏr ĭnīrĕ mŏdōs: Boethius and Rhythmic Power". In Achard, Martin; Hankey, Wayne; Narbonne, Jean-Marc (eds.). Perspectives sur le Néoplatonisme. Presses de l'Université Laval. ISBN 978-2763787022. PDF Table of Contents
  11. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (2015). The 'Consolation' of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy. Oxford Early Christian Studies. Oxford University Press. p. 398. ISBN 978-0198718314.
  12. ^ Nielsen, Melinda (January 20, 2016). "Stephen Blackwood, 'The Consolation of Boethius as Poetic Liturgy.' Oxford Early Christian Studies". Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania: Bryn Mawr Commentaries, Inc. ISSN 1055-7660. Retrieved January 24, 2016.
  13. ^ St George's YouthNet (2014). "St George's YouthNet". Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  14. ^ St George's YouthNet (2014). "History". Archived from the original on 2014-06-22. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  15. ^ St Thomas's, Huron Street (2009). "Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy". Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  16. ^ King's College. "Foundation Year Programme". Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  17. ^ "The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism". Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  18. ^ Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation. "Dr Stephen Blackwood". Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  19. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (January 15, 2015). "Who among us has not said privately something that, if made public, would destroy us?". The National Post. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  20. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (February 23, 2014). "ObamaCare and My Mother's Cancer Medicine". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  21. ^ Leef, George (February 27, 2014). "Oops-care". The Freeman. Foundation for Economic Education. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  22. ^ Blackwood, Stephen (February 23, 2014). "ObamaCare and My Mother's Cancer Medicine". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  23. ^ Wicker, Roger (February 24, 2014). Remarks on the floor of the US Senate (TV News Archive). C-Span.
  24. ^ "Senate record" (PDF). Congressional Record. 113th Congress: S994–S995. February 24, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  25. ^ Wicker, Roger (March 3, 2014). "Weekly Report". Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  26. ^ Leef, George (February 27, 2014). "Oops-care". The Freeman. Foundation for Economic Education. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  27. ^ Peterson, Jordan. "Sir Roger Scruton/Dr. Jordan B. Peterson: Apprehending the Transcendent". YouTube.
  28. ^ "Sir Roger Scruton & Dr. Jordan Peterson hosted by the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism". Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  29. ^ "Jordan Peterson, Slavoj Zizek each draw fans at sold-out debate". The Toronto Star. April 19, 2019.
  30. ^ Harvey Silverglate (March 17, 2011). "What Characterizes the Modern Totalitarian, Corporatized University?". Minding the Campus. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  31. ^ Stanley Fish (November 8, 2010). "The Woe-Is-Us Books". The New York Times. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  32. ^ Ralston College. "Ralston's Teaching". Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  33. ^ Few, Jenel (February 4, 2011). "Highbrow hopes for higher ed in Savannah". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  34. ^ Ralston College. "People". Retrieved January 14, 2019.

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