"Some Pundits Say There's No Campus Free Speech 'Crisis.' Here's Why They're Wrong." Reason, March 2018. Robby Soave challenges a recent rash of articles claiming that there is no free speech crisis on college campuses. It’s not that the number of people censoring free speech on campuses has increased, he writes. It’s that their influence has grown.
"8 Ways College Student Views on Free Speech Are Evolving," The Knight Foundation on Medium, March 2018. The Knight Foundation analyzes the top eight takeaways from a recent Gallup survey of U.S. college students.
"I Helped Get Milo Yiannopoulos Disinvited from UCLA. Here's Why." The Weekly Standard, February 2018. A member of the UCLA College Republicans explains her decision to support the disinvitation of Milo Yiannopoulos from campus by the organization.
"The Free-Speech University," The Wall Street Journal, February 2018. An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal discusses the University of Chicago's policies in support of free speech on its campus.
"Beijing Hinders Free Speech in America," The New York Times, November 2017.
Wang Dan, a former leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, explains how the Chinese Communist Party limits the Free Speech of Chinese students and scholars within the United States.
"Colleges Should Protect Speech—or Lose Funds," The Wall Street Journal, October 2017.
An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal argues that universities should be required to guarantee free speech and inquiry as a condition of receiving federal funding.
"LARKIN: Reaffirm Free Speech to Battle Hate," The Hoya, October 2017.
Tanner Larkin, a student columnist at Georgetown University, recounts his experience protesting a panel that featured former White House official Sebastian Gorka. Larkin argues that student protesters should resist shouting down controversial speakers and instead engage in a "battle of ideas."
"Flip-flopping on Free Speech: The fight for the First Amendment, on campuses and football fields, from the sixties to today," The New Yorker, October 2017.
Jill Lepore, a professor of history at Harvard University, traces the partisan politics of Free Speech debates over the last 50 years, paying particular attention to the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkley.
"Campus Speech and Anti-Klan Laws: Have you been censored or shouted down? You may have legal recourse. Here’s a handy guide," The Wall Street Journal, October 2017.
An opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal writes that anti-KKK laws provide recourse for college speakers who have been shouted down.
"Who Is Blocking Campus Speakers Now?" Inside Higher Ed, September 2017.
Recent incidents at Catholic and Harvard Universities suggest that liberal voices are facing censorship on college campuses.
In the midst of a national media frenzy surrounding the cancellation of "Free Speech Week," The New York Times asks 12 Berkley students about their views on the First Amendment.
"What Stunts Like Milo Yiannopoulos's 'Free Speech Week' Cost," The New York Times, September 2017.
An English professor at Colby College reflects on the controversy surrounding "Free Speech Week" at UC Berkley, raising concerns that "expensive provocateurs" are undermining the cause of intellectual diversity on campus.
“Views among college students regarding the First Amendment: Results from a new survey,” Brookings Institution, September 2017.
A survey from the Brookings Institution reported that, among other findings, slightly less than half of the surveyed college students do not believe that hate speech is constitutionally protected.
“A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech,” The Washington Post, September 2017.
An op-ed from The Washington Post analyzes the Brookings Institution's survey and the views college students possess towards the First Amendment.
“University of Virginia ill-prepared for torch-bearing marchers, report finds,” The Washington Post, September 2017.
A report released by the University of Virginia found that the university's administration was not adequately prepared for the "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017.
“Sex Offenders, Social Media and the Supreme Court: Why Have the Justices Relaxed Restrictions?” Newsweek, July 2017.
Newsweek explains a recent ruling by the Supreme Court overturning a North Carolina law that bans sex offenders from using certain social media, finding that social media outlets constitute “the modern public square.”
“Most Republicans Think Colleges are Bad for the Country. Why?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 2017.
This article studies the low opinion that many Republicans hold about higher education in America, placing partial blame on negative news reports published by conservative media outlets about liberal protesters on campus.
“When is Speech Violence?” The New York Times, July 2017.
Lisa Feldman Barrett, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, writes that certain speech, particularly that which causes prolonged stress, leads to physical harm and should consequently be considered violence.
“Why It’s a Bad Idea to Tell Students Words Are Violence,” The Atlantic, July 2017.
Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff push back against Lisa Feldman Barrett’s “conflation of words and violence,” arguing that on college campuses, as well as in civil society more generally, individuals ought to be able to engage peacefully with controversial ideas.
“Conservatives are souring on Colleges. Blame Colleges,” Bloomberg, July 2017.
This opinion-editorial chastises colleges and universities for being hostile to conservative viewpoints, urging them instead to “[offer] both sides some living room.”
“It's Disadvantaged Groups That Suffer Most When Free Speech Is Curtailed on Campus,” The Atlantic, July 2017.
This piece by Musa Al-Gharbi and Jonathan Haidt calls on progressives to work with conservatives who are concerned about campus Free Speech issues in order to create institutional protections for minority viewpoints.
“These Campus Inquisitions Must Stop,” The New York Times, June 2017.
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni criticizes student protesters at Evergreen State College for failing to engage civilly with a biology professor who made controversial statements.
“Inside the Meme Thread, a Growing Forum for College Students Nationwide,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2017.
The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a closer look at an online habit of students that recently caused 10 students to lose their offer of acceptance to Harvard College.
“Hate speech vs. free speech: Where is the line on college campuses?” The Los Angeles Times, June 2017.
In a survey of recent incidents on college campuses, this article examines trends and definitional issues within the debate over regulating speech.
“The New Censorship on Campus,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2017.
Jeffrey Herbst and Geoffrey R. Stone criticize the hampering of public discourse by students who “too often see free speech as the enemy,” encouraging them instead to confront in a civil manner those with whom they disagree.
“Charles Murray gets attacked? Outrage! A liberal professor gets threatened? Silence,” Vox, June 2017.
While protests that silence conservative voices typically earn significant media attention, Vox’s Samantha Harris highlights the fact that liberal speech is also being threatened and suppressed.
“Free Speech Loses Ground as Harvard Retracts Offers to Admitted Students,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2017.
Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, criticizes Harvard's decision to rescind its offer of admission to 10 students who posted offensive memes, arguing that this could lead to increased censorship on campus.
“Professors’ Growing Risk: Harassment for Things They Never Really Said,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2017.
The Chronicle of Higher Education recounts the experience of professors who received criticism and even threats of violence due to comments that they deny ever making.
“The Right Way to Protect Free Speech on Campus,” The Wall Street Journal, June 2017.
The president of Middlebury College contends that institutions of higher education should foster a campus environment inclusive of all students, but this goal cannot supercede the institution’s commitment to Free Speech and open discourse.
“Colleges Pledge Tolerance for Diverse Opinions, but Skeptics Remain,” The Wall Street Journal, June 2017.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the efforts of college and university administrators to protect controversial speakers on campus from student protesters.
“Do Free Speech and Inclusivity Clash?” Inside Higher Ed, May 2017.
Inside Higher Ed summarizes a panel discussion among Greg Lukianoff, the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education; Professor Geoffrey Stone; and others, hosted by the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Lukianoff reportedly said that students now constitute a greater threat to Free Speech on campus than administrators, marking a departure from the previous dynamics on campus.
Harvard University President Drew Faust’s 2017 Commencement Speech, Harvard University, May 2017.
President Drew Faust’s speech touched on the importance of Free Speech in academia, as well as concerns about fostering an inclusive community, “where argument is relished, not feared.”
“The Conservative Force Behind Speakers Roiling College Campuses,” The New York Times, May 2017.
In analyzing the recent spate of free speech controversies on college and university campuses, The New York Times examines the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative organization that has sponsored speakers such as Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro on campuses across the country.
“Why Academic Freedom Should Be Covered at Freshman Orientation,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2017.
A former president of a public university in New York argues that the importance of academic freedom should be taught during the orientation of new students at all colleges and universities. A sample syllabus includes readings from John Dewey and the American Association of University Professors.
“The Dangerous Safety of College,” The New York Times, March 2017.
The New York Times’ Frank Bruni expresses concern that colleges and universities are failing to expose their students to a diversity of political beliefs and thereby prepare them to engage in civil society.
"A Violent Attack on Free Speech at Middlebury," The Atlantic, March 2017.
Peter Beinart argues that liberals should protect the right of conservative students to invite conservative speakers, and that the students who interrupted Charles Murray's speech should be punished.
"And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion and Free Speech at U.S Universities," PEN America, October 2016.
PEN America surveys issues relating to Free Speech on college and university campuses, paying particular attention to incidents at Yale University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Northwestern University.
“The Contours of Free Expression on Campus: Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Civility,” Association of American Colleges and Universities, Spring 2017.
In a report for the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Frederick M. Lawrence provides in-depth analysis of the intersection among Free Speech, hate speech, and civility in public discourse, paying particular attention to incidents that occurred at Williams College and Brandeis University.
“Today’s Freshman Class Is the Most Likely to Protest in Half a Century,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2016.
A survey by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program found that “nearly one in 10 freshmen said there was a very good chance they would participate in a protest in college,” constituting an increase from previous generations.