Freedom, Self-Control, and the Nanny University

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 presented the speech...
Intellectual Diversity on Campus

Robert Boyers, an English professor at Skidmore College, wrote a wonderful article in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education on the necessity of intellectual diversity for a thriving campus environment and the great dangers of intellectual conformity. Boyers begins by pointing out that, while most faculty will promptly agree with the sentiments expressed in Mill’s...
The Chicago statement has been adopted by a number of campuses

What a pleasure it was to learn a few weeks ago that students at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, had taken the lead on their campus in endorsing the Chicago Statement on Freedom of Expression and calling for the faculty and administration of their school to incorporate its principles into university policy. The Statement has...