The word university itself suggests a community of ideas, of scholarship and thinking. But in an era when certain speech and certain speakers are often interrupted or unwelcome on college campuses, or when the creation of "safe spaces" to protect students is deemed necessary, the question arises — how free is free speech on college campuses. This evening, Monday, Oct. 29, the Dallas Holocaust Museum Center will take up that question in a roundtable of university presidents who will discuss how free speech is defined and whether speech should be unfettered on campuses.Speakers include Carine Feyten, chancellor and president of Texas Woman's University; John Plotts, interim president of the University of Dallas, and Neal Smatresk, president of the University of North Texas.The panel will be moderated by Brendan Miniter, vice president and editor of editorials at The Dallas Morning News.The event begins at 7 p.m. and an RSVP is required. … [Read more...] about Safe spaces: How free is free speech on college campuses?
Free speech on campus
The Congressional Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on Wednesday that focused on the threats to free speech that are emerging on college campuses around the nation. During a two-hour hearing on Wednesday morning, the Committee on Education and the Workforce examined the looming threat against open expression on college campuses. The hearing approached the topic of free speech on campus from a variety of angles. One speaker criticized Turning Point USA’s Professor Watchlist, arguing that it stifles academic freedom. The committee’s chairwoman, Virginia Foxx (R-NC), kicked the hearing off with a blistering condemnation of the current state of affairs on campuses.Reading from prepared remarks, Foxx argued that the First Amendment is under threat by an emerging wave of students and faculty that don’t believe in its significance. University campuses should function as a marketplace of ideas for students to exchange knowledge and share their varied and … [Read more...] about Congressional Hearing Focuses on Threats to Free Speech on Campus
Attorney General Jeff Session announced this week that the Department of Justice is investigating the suppression of free speech on campus. According to a report from The Hill, Jeff Sessions announced this week that the Department of Justice is investigating speech suppression on campus. The comments were made during a forum on free speech in higher education that was put on by the Department of Justice. “Make no mistake, this Department of Justice is concerned about the suppression of speech that is now occurring,” Sessions said during the event, which took place on Monday.“This has gone too far. It must end. This country protects noisome assembly, immoderate speech and provocative speech. Whether left or right. Suppression of competing voices is not the American way,” Sessions added. Sessions pointed to several examples of speech suppression, including a policy that barred a student from handing out Spanish-language copies of the American Constitution … [Read more...] about DOJ Investigating Suppression of Free Speech on Campus
If Mark Zuckerberg really wants Facebook to be a “platform for all ideas,” as he repeatedly told lawmakers last week, all he needs to do is add a single, radical new feature to the social network. Concerns over the censorship of conservatives on social media were a dominant theme at Zuckerberg’s congressional hearings last week. Commerce Committee chairman Sen. Thune (R-SD) closed the first day of proceedings by warning the Facebook CEO to “err on the side of protecting speech, especially political speech, from all different quarters.”The Facebook CEO’s response was to assure lawmakers that inexplicable censorship of conservative accounts were “enforcement errors” and that Facebook is a “platform for all ideas” with a “responsibility is to allow the broadest spectrum of free expression as we can.” If Zuckerberg is sincere in his words, there’s a very simple feature he could introduce for Facebook’s … [Read more...] about Bokhari: Filter First – Mark Zuckerberg Could Restore Free Speech on Facebook with One Feature
tried to shut down visiting lecturer Christina Hoff Sommers, a libertarian feminist critical of feminist dogma on "rape culture," the pay gap and other issues. They chanted, shouted, played loud music and sang, "We will fight for justice until Christina's gone." Appalled commentators deplored the intolerance, but then came a spate of "nothing to see here" articles. Free speech on campus is doing fine, progressive pundits scoffed; it's absurd to paint a few left-wing students as a danger to freedom when we face right-wing authoritarianism in government. … [Read more...] about Half of college students aren’t sure protecting free speech is important. That’s bad news