On May 20th, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University, delivered the commencement address at Hampshire College. Taylor led by saying that she “does not consider herself an academic” but rather “an organizer who tries to communicate the urgency of our political moment through the lens of … Keep Reading
Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, recently gave an insightful interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education regarding free speech on campus and administrative concerns about what lies in store for the upcoming academic year.
Sullivan’s tenure has been rocked by many prominent challenges during her seven year tenure, … Keep Reading
This week The Chronicle of Higher Education published an excellent essay by Newseum President Jeffrey Herbst and Chicago Statement coauthor Geoffrey R. Stone titled “The New Censorship on Campus.”
In the piece, they discuss the growing polarization around free speech, particularly the phenomenon of “progressive and minority … Keep Reading
Former Wall Street Journal, and now New York Times, columnist Bret Stephens recently delivered the commencement address to graduating seniors at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. The text of his speech has been printed by the Times, and it is well worth reading. Stephens discusses the notion of safe spaces and how they relate to … Keep Reading
This essay was first published by the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal. The original version can be found here.
Many readers probably have read about the New Wave of free speech suppression that has swept across campuses in the last several years. It comes on the heels of the previous era of … Keep Reading
Back in the late 1960s, the eminent American foreign relations scholar and diplomat George Kennan initiated a famous debate with student activists regarding the pros and cons of unbridled freedom. The debate began with a speech at Swarthmore and culminated in a book entitled Democracy and the Student Left in which Kennan … Keep Reading
“Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.”
—Leroy “Satchel” Paige, arguably the greatest pitcher in the history of American baseball.
This is the first of four installments lecture. To read the subsequent installments, … Keep Reading