The Open Inquiry Project is a community of faculty committed to the flourishing of free speech and independent thought on college campuses nationwide. Advancing freedom through the protection of these principles is an essential component of how institutions of higher education create engaged citizens, critical thinkers, and skilled communicators. Supporters of the Open Inquiry Project believe that college campuses should be home to diverse ideas and that unpopular or minority perspectives have a right to be heard and explored with respect and academic rigor.

Thousands of students and faculty nationwide have voiced their support for these bedrock principles of higher education.  You can join the Open Inquiry Project to learn more about the importance of free speech and open inquiry on campus, be inspired by stories of success, and connect with experts from the academy to develop proactive solutions that protect and strengthen higher education.

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Professor Donald A. Downs

Donald Downs is Alexander Meiklejohn Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-founder of the Wisconsin Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, and co-founder of the Committee for Academic Freedom and Rights. Professor Downs is a recognized expert on campus free speech issues and is the author of Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus, as well as many other books and scholarly articles.