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Campus Free Speech

Where Free Speech Ends, Ignorance Begins

Michael Winship | Posted 03.14.2017 | Politics
Michael Winship

At the risk of sounding like a geezer complaining about “these kids today,” back in my college days, when it came to points of view we were unhesi...

Silencing Milo

Bob Ostertag | Posted 01.06.2017 | College
Bob Ostertag

Help! Donald Trump has been elected president! Jeff Sessions is going to be Attorney General! Steve Bannon is getting an office in the White House! Qu...

The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2016

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.17.2017 | College
Greg Lukianoff

This past year will be remembered as the year that freedom of speech (or the lack thereof) on U.S. campuses became international news.

Protecting the Clash of Ideas in Higher Education

John Thompson | Posted 11.07.2016 | Education
John Thompson

My first post on the New York Times Magazine's special issue, "Collegeland," explained how the rise of corporate power has shifted the balance in high...

Biggest Threat to Free Speech Not on College Campuses

Michael Roth | Posted 10.26.2016 | College
Michael Roth

We must not protect ourselves from disagreement; we must be open to being offended for the sake of learning, and we must be ready to give offense so as to create new opportunities for thinking.

Killing Jokes

James Altschul | Posted 06.23.2016 | College
James Altschul

The domain of being offended was once dominated by religious puritans and overprotective parents imploring others to "think of the children." The idea that college students would be the vanguard of concern over offensive comedy was itself a laughable notion.

An Open Letter to Jerry Seinfeld from a 'Politically Correct' College Student

Anthony Berteaux | Posted 06.09.2016 | College
Anthony Berteaux

Yes, Mr. Seinfeld, we college students are politically correct. We will call out sexism and racism if we hear it. But if you're going to come to my college and perform in front of me, be prepared to write up a set that doesn't just offend me, but has something to say.

Are Colleges Destroying Comedy?

Nathan Timmel | Posted 06.09.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

When you're not paying attention to content and you're simply trying to indulge the delicate sensibilities of a society waiting to be outraged, you've already lost.

Author Defends Use Of Racial Slur In Campus Panel

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.05.2015 | College

Colleges and universities have long been considered places where one can challenge dominant ideas in order to provoke a robust intellectual discussion...

Tyler Kingkade

Purdue Takes A Stand For Free Speech, No Matter How Offensive Or Unwise | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.15.2015 | College

Purdue University has become the first public institution of higher education to adopt a free speech policy called the "Chicago principles," condemnin...

Freedom of Speech on Campus Is an Essential Part of College

Elliot Hirshman | Posted 12.29.2014 | College
Elliot Hirshman

The freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment has emerged as an extraordinarily contentious issue on many university campuses.

What's Wrong With Denigrating Girls and Women in Schools?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.02.2014 | Education
Soraya Chemaly

Sexism, gender-based double standards, and male entitlement are so normalized that girls think sexual assault and violence are just a "part of life" that they have to live with. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is seriously f***ed up.

Tyler Kingkade

Trouble Over T-Shirts Just Landed 2 State Universities In Court | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.01.2014 | College

Two Midwest state universities are being hauled into court over what campus groups can and can't say on their T-shirts. The Foundation for Individu...

Syracuse University Places a High Value on Free Speech

Eric F. Spina | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Eric F. Spina

In October, our Law School received complaints from a number of students alleging that another student had violated the College's code of conduct by posting false comments about them on a public website.

University Of Illinois Political Ban May Extend To Students

Chicago Tribune | Megan Twohey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Students and professors at the University of Illinois decided to rally for Barack Obama on the Urbana-Champaign campus Thursday to make clear their st...