Students at Capital University in Columbus, OH have successfully passed a resolution endorsing the Chicago Statement on Free Expression. The resolution was proposed by two student senators, who are also involved in the school’s Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) student group, and was passed with the unanimous consent of the … Keep Reading
Campus protests have been much in the news over the last week given the events at the University of California-Berkeley, where fires were set and windows broken in an ultimately successful attempt to shut down a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart editor and provocateur.
While the Berkeley administration had declined … Keep Reading
The need for open inquiry and intellectual diversity on America’s campuses is becoming increasingly evident to folks on all sides of the political spectrum. A number of recent articles and essays have recently been published that touch on this theme.
A number of very interesting pieces on free speech have been published recently that are well worth reading. In Inside Higher Ed, Professor Samuel Abrams of Sarah Lawrence College discusses new data showing that conservative professors, despite being a distinct minority on many campuses, often show higher levels of job satisfaction than … Keep Reading
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has established a Rapid Response Network to address threats to academic freedom, and has also partnered with the group Scholars at Risk, a non-profit that works to protect academic freedom internationally.
According to AAA President Alisse Waterston, “The pattern of events in the US and around … Keep Reading
Campus speech controversies continue to occur across the country, with the latest coming out of Eugene, Oregon and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
At the University of Oregon, law professor Nancy Shurtz hosted a costume party at her home, the theme of which was to dress as a book, and to which she invited her students. Professor Shurtz … Keep Reading
Since its inception in 1999, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has become the nation’s preeminent institution fighting for free speech and open inquiry in higher education. Though FIRE’s path-breaking efforts stand on their own, it has also cooperated or interacted with other organizations at times, including providing support and … Keep Reading
This week, Boston Magazine published a very interesting article on the lack of intellectual diversity on Northeastern campuses. The article features an interview with Professor Samuel Abrams of Sarah Lawrence College, whose New York Times piece on this topic caused a stir last summer.
From the magazine:
Last spring, Samuel Abrams, a … Keep Reading
On December 11th the Wall Street Journal ran this article highlighting the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE) tenth annual report. This report surveys FIRE’s full database of 345 four-year public universities and 104 private four-year universities. FIRE ranks the speech codes of these universities using a stop light … Keep Reading
Anyone interested in free speech on campus should read Jonathan Zimmerman’s latest piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Zimmerman argues that the fight for racial equality, far from being necessarily hostile to free expression, actually requires the latitude to speak one’s mind freely. Zimmerman reminds his readers that “just about every great … Keep Reading