What the blame-the-liberals campaign doesn't acknowledge, let alone insist, is that if students are petulant or frightened now and if deans and professors are pandering to them, it's not because of liberal ideology but mainly because the "retail-store university" regards them increasingly as customers.
The statement, which can be adapted to all universities -- not just the University of Chicago -- guarantees "all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn." Most importantly, it makes clear that "it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive."
In an age of political correctness, these two men think it can discourage open discussion.
I hope you'll read the whole article, which defies a quick summary, but there are three additional things I need to say about the piece.
Blinn is a public college bound by the First Amendment, but when a student wanted to protest in favor of her Second Amendment rights she was told that she had to limit her free speech activities to this tiny zone.
Schmidt, an art and animation professor, posted a picture of his young daughter wearing a T-shirt with the Game of Thrones quote, "I will take what is mine with fire & blood" to Google+. The dean found this picture of a child doing yoga so terror-inducing that she reported him to other BCC administrators.
Students and faculty, you do not need to accept campus speech codes and the quarantining into tiny "free speech zones" as
The term "disinvitation season" has been something of a dark joke for years, but as every year passed, it got less funny. The intensity of demands that speakers be disinvited seemed to swell over time, and increasingly, we saw speakers bow out in the face of protest.
What is it with public colleges preventing their students from handing out the Constitution? Have these schools ever heard of the First Amendment?
Though often used interchangeably, the concept of freedom of speech and the First Amendment are not the same thing. While the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press, it relates to duties of the state and state power.
It was a fast-paced and fun night, and we never shied away from controversial topics, such as: Should "hate speech" be protected
Torch readers will no doubt remember a similar and equally absurd case at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where Professor
As I've covered many times before on The Huffington Post, free speech zones on campus are usually a disaster for free speech
"The one year old decided to take justice into his own hands." Thus opens Paul Bloom's Just Babies: The Origins of Good and
As a First Amendment/free speech lawyer, I fully support the rights of faculty and students to make their opinions known
After First Amendment Lawsuit, California College Settles with Student Stopped from Distributing Copies of Constitution
If you're interesting in learning more about your college's restrictions on student speech, I urge you to visit FIRE's website
Way back in 2007, student Hayden Barnes was kicked out of Valdosta State University (VSU). Barnes was labeled a "clear and
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Rauch at the Museum of Sex in New York City to talk about his book. He asked
As my colleague at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Susan Kruth, wrote in the waning days of summer