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Tag: Free speech on campus
Report Highlights Freedom of Speech Restrictions
According to a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), 81 percent of top colleges in Virginia restrict free speech in some form.
December 13, 2018
Colleges Wrestle with Issue of Using Students’ Fees for Controversial Speakers
Should college students’ money be paying for controversial speakers and programs? Debate comes as universities shift more costs to students, including the bill for hot-button speakers and polarizing clubs.
November 2, 2017
Guillermo: National Free Speech Center Too Academic for Words
When faced with a real-life issue on campus like protecting free speech, the largest public research university system has come up with the only thing it knows how to do. Let’s study it!
October 30, 2017
Experts Tell Congress Free Speech on Campus ‘Essential’
Higher education leaders and government officials must resist efforts to restrict free speech on campus and keep colleges as places of “ongoing intellectual challenge,” a university president testified at a Congressional hearing Thursday.
October 26, 2017
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
UK Academics Irked by Letter Seeking Brexit Lecture Details
LONDON — British academics accused a lawmaker from the governing Conservative Party on Tuesday of infringing on intellectual freedom by asking universities to provide information on professors who teach about Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The letter from euroskeptic legislator Chris Heaton-Harris requested the names of professors “who are involved in the teaching […]
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
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
Beyond an Uncritical Attachment to Free Speech
Campuses need to aspire to free speech while moving beyond an uncritical attachment to it as a salve for an assortment of difficult conversations, and to be especially critical of free-speech claims that promote speech that is willfully uninformed or intentionally harmful and hateful.
October 17, 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
Chelsea Manning Meets Off Campus With Harvard Students
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Chelsea Manning has met off campus with several Harvard University student groups after the school reversed its decision to name her a visiting fellow. Manning tweeted a picture on Wednesday and said she met with the Trans Task Force, the LGBT caucus and other groups and students from the university’s Kennedy School […]
October 5, 2017
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