We work with faculty interested in pursuing meaningful institutional change to promote free thought and open expression on campus.
Contact IHS if you would like to be connected with IHS faculty partners who have successfully advocated for protections on free speech and academic freedom on their campuses.
IHS has supported successful faculty efforts to:
- Secure Adoption of Chicago Principles by Faculty Senate
- Revise unconstitutional or onerous speech codes
- Resist establishment of anonymous Bias Reporting Systems
Professors around the country are standing up on behalf of open inquiry on their campuses. We are happy to be able to share some of their thoughts, opinions, and stories in the videos and short statements below.
On many campuses today, students and faculty are shying away from these questions and conversations, fearful of inflaming heightened sensitivities on these complex issues. Efforts to avoid conflict on such issues, however well-intentioned, threaten to undermine the role of the university and of faculty in promoting intellectual and moral progress. More, the mistaken belief that students need to be protected from challenging and potentially offensive ideas can leave students poorly prepared to productively engage in democratic politics.
Dr. Jason Ross
IHS Senior Director for Faculty Relations
Many voice support for truth and freedom in the abstract, but few have the tenacity to persist in the search for truth or the courage to exercise free speech against hostile opinion. Universities were indeed designed to be “safe spaces,” but safe precisely for, not from, rigorous thought and vibrant expression. The opponents of free speech in every age are convinced they stand for justice and that criticism of their ideas is a distraction from its pursuit, but they forget that justice can be achieved only if it is known and can be known only if opinions are weighed and tested, challenged and refuted, discovered and disseminated. Free speech is in the long run the friend of justice, and the parent as well of human knowledge and humane wit.
Professor James R. Stoner, Jr.
Hermann Moyse, Jr. Professor and Director
The Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies
Department of Political Science
Louisiana State University