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Tag: Richard Spencer
When Hate Speech and Free Speech Collide
Hundreds of hate incidents have taken place on college campuses over the past two years, from nooses hung on trees to a 77 percent increase in White supremacist propaganda during the 2017-18 school year. Anti-Semitic acts have seen a particular surge in the past month, as swastikas have been carved in pumpkins, stamped in the snow, and painted on a Jewish professor’s office walls, to name just a few examples.
December 5, 2018
University of Florida Pays $67K For White Nationalist Event
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has paid a local county government more than $67,000 to cover security costs for a speaking event last fall featuring white nationalist Richard Spencer. The Gainesville Sun reported Wednesday that UF sent Alachua County a check for $67,461.11 that school officials felt covered costs for the event. The […]
March 29, 2018
Selecting Commencement Speakers: A Political Minefield
In this hyper-polarized environment, students in the class of 2018 may find themselves without a commencement speaker who has strong views on political or social issues. Many administrators are struggling to identify orators who will be welcomed by the campus community without provoking protests.
March 6, 2018
University Condemns Hate, Defends Richard Spencer Appearance
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati board of trustees has condemned hate while defending a decision to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus. The board’s statement Tuesday recognizes the fundamental role of free speech at a public university, saying it should be “the marketplace of ideas.” The board also denounced prejudice and […]
October 24, 2017
Guillermo: Hire Diverse Speakers to Offset Spectacle of White Nationalists on Campus
A diverse group of speakers throughout the year helps to deny Richard Spencer’s ideas credibility. People can hear for themselves what’s worthwhile and what’s not. But all must be invited on campus.
October 23, 2017
As Protestors Rally at University of Florida, Penn State Hopes to Steer Clear
As protesters circled the University of Florida auditorium where White nationalist Richard Spencer spoke Thursday, Penn State decided to avoid this scenario altogether.
October 19, 2017
University of Florida President: Security Cost for Spencer Speech ‘Unfair’
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A day before white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida, its president affirmed his belief in free speech but said the security costs of holding such an event at a public university put an unfair burden on taxpayers. In an interview with The Associated Press on […]
October 18, 2017
University of Cincinnati to Allow White Nationalist to Speak
CLEVELAND — The University of Cincinnati says it will allow White nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus, while Ohio State University says it can’t accommodate a rental request for a Nov. 15 speech but is considering alternatives. UC president Neville Pinto said in an email that the university is finalizing details of Spencer’s […]
October 16, 2017
Univ. of Florida Urges Students to ‘Shun’ White Nationalist Event
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s president is urging students to stay away from a speaking event on campus featuring White nationalist Richard Spencer. President Kent Fuchs wrote in an email Tuesday that Spencer and his group seek only “to provoke a reaction” at their Oct. 19 event. Fuchs says “shunning” Spencer would limit […]
October 11, 2017
CUPA-HR Takes on Campus Free Speech Controversy
Higher education human resources leaders from across the nation gathered to address challenges that included identifying pay gaps, representation shortcomings, and faculty academic freedom concerns.
September 18, 2017
Michigan State Sued After Rejecting White Nationalist Group
DETROIT — A lawsuit has been filed against Michigan State University after it denied a request to rent space on campus for White nationalist Richard Spencer to speak in September. Georgia State University student Cameron Padgett, who tried to rent the room, sued Sunday alleging the university is violating Spencer’s free speech. The East Lansing […]
September 4, 2017
Michigan State University Rejects White Nationalist Event
DETROIT — Michigan State University has denied a request to rent space to a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer. The university said in a statement Thursday that the decision was made “due to significant concerns about public safety.” It cites last weekend’s “tragic violence” in Charlottesville, Virginia. Michigan State officials say they support […]
August 17, 2017
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