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5 Points on the State of Free Speech in the U.S. and Abroad

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 10.23.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The problem is that, to a large degree, it seems that American intellectuals -- particularly those in academia -- have fallen out of love with freedom of speech.

Every University in the Country Should Adopt the University of Chicago's Academic Freedom Statement

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 09.28.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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."

A Dozen Things 'The New Yorker' Gets Wrong about Free Speech (And Why It Matters)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.24.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The article likens free speech advocates (like me, I assume) to "gun nuts," claims that campus speech codes have mostly been repealed (which is completely false), then bizarrely questions if people can believe in a diversity of belief. Those of us who are big fans of the concept of pluralism found the latter particularly mystifying.

3 Quick Notes About 'The Coddling of the American Mind'

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.11.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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.

A Big Victory in Georgia Points the Way to Ending Abuses of Freedom of Speech on Campus

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 07.23.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Today marks the official end of an eight-year legal odyssey for one student who was kicked out of his college for clearly protected speech back in 200...

My Testimony in Front of Congress About Free Speech on Campus (LIVE STREAM)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

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.

Curing Social Media of Its Outrage Addiction May Start on Campus

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.08.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

If we want to realize social media's full promise of massive unprecedented global conversation conducted in real time, we should be teaching our students how to argue both thoughtfully and effectively.

Talking on Eggshells in College

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Speech policing advocates forget that there is incredible value in knowing what people actually think, unfiltered. Believing you can conquer racism, bias and bigotry by rooting out microaggressions and enforcing self-censorship and uptightness is like taking Xanax for syphilis.

Three Points You Must Not Overlook in Discussing the Brandeis/Hirsi Ali Controversy

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The fact that Louis Brandeis' namesake college is being used by students at other campuses to rationalize the exclusion of speakers on the basis of their beliefs is dizzyingly ironic, and terribly sad.

'Just Babies': In Praise of Popular Non-Fiction

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.17.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

"The one year old decided to take justice into his own hands." Thus opens Paul Bloom's Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, an exceedingly enjoy...

'Kindly Inquisitors' and How We All Lose the 'Offendedness Sweepstakes'

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of a modern classic explaining the importance of free speech in society. In Kindly Inquisito...

Speech Codes: Alive and Well, 10 Years Later

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 10.15.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Ten years ago, in the summer of 2003, Harvey Silverglate and I published a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education called "Speech Codes: Alive and ...

Censorship on Campus in 2012: From Benghazi to Free Speech Zones at the University of Missouri

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.02.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

As I have discovered in my work, the idea that we must curtail that nasty First Amendment in the name of other (often shifting) values has a surprising amount of currency in academia -- the very institution that, perhaps, most relies on free speech in our society.

Is College Censorship Destroying Our Society's "Sophistication Machine"?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I firmly believe that if more people knew how common violations of free speech, due process, and other basic rights are on campus, the public will to end those abuses would be virtually unstoppable.