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How Campus Illiberalism Betrays the Fight for Progress

May 17, 2017 by Jane Lewit & Alexis Zhang |

Since its founding in 1870, generations of young women with inquiring minds have gone off to Wellesley College, coming of age through a rigorous liberal arts education, encompassing debate, discussion,...

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Q&A with Heterodox Academy: A New Champion for Viewpoint Diversity

May 15, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

 What does the science of social psychology have to tell us about the current challenges and threats to free speech? A great deal, according to Dr. Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical...

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Disinvitation Season Springs Anew

May 12, 2017 by Rushad Thomas |

In addition to the blooming flowers and May showers of spring, university commencements also break upon the horizon. For new graduates, commencement day is the culmination of years of work and an...

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Kenyon Takes a Stand on Free Expression

May 9, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Campus free speech has become a firestorm issue as college alumni see headline after headline about students shouting down speakers, faculty and student groups demanding that lecturers be disinvited, and...

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ACTA Leaders Join Drs. Robert George and Cornel West in Defending Free Expression

April 7, 2017 by Christine Ravold |

When Middlebury College greeted Charles Murray, a prominent political scientist and the American Enterprise Institute’s W.H. Brady Scholar, with disruptive and violent protests, the event shook American...

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Preventing the Next Middlebury

March 21, 2017 by Ted Eismeier |

Threats to free speech have been all over the news in the world of higher education. Disinvitations, no-platforming and shouting down speakers have become all too frequent, a tragic “new normal” at too...

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Chaos on UC Campuses: Chancellors Hexter and Dirks Show Principled Courage

February 6, 2017 by Michael Poliakoff |

Chaos ensued at UC Berkeley this week, following a planned speech by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. Instead of rescinding the invitation, UC-Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks used Yiannapoulos’s...

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Intern Blog: Want Heightened Sensitivity on College Campuses? Reintroduce a Core Curriculum

August 26, 2016 by Nayeli Riano |

In recent years, college campuses have been riven by controversies: literature purges, campus uprisings, “Freedom Budgets,” and more. Increasingly, administrators have turned to sensitivity training as a...

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Intern Blog: Ensuring Freedom of Expression at America’s Universities

August 22, 2016 by Zach Oscar |

Throughout my academic career, I had always expected that my teachers and professors would maintain their intellectual professionalism—that they would take a laissez-faire approach to class discussions...

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Intern Blog: Misdirected Demand for Transparency Imperils Religious Liberty in Education

August 4, 2016 by Margaret Youngblood |

Under newly proposed modifications to SB 1146, which have passed the state Senate and are under consideration by the state Assembly, California courts would be able to force religious schools to adopt...

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Disinvitation, Northwestern Style

June 20, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

On May 31, the Washington Post published the distressing account of how three-star general and former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry withdrew under faculty pressure from his appointment as...

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Bloomberg and Koch Have it Right on Free Speech

June 6, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Michael Bloomberg and Charles Koch [“Why Free Speech Matters On Campus,” WSJ Opinion / Commentary, 5/12/2016] accurately identified the profound threat to education and to our free society that the campus...

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Diversity Thwarted

April 27, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Intellectual diversity, that is. A new Pew Research Center study shows that those who have attended graduate school (i.e. the future professoriate) lean even farther to the left than those with only an...

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Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy

April 5, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Princeton University’s Board of Trustees acted judiciously in determining that erasing the name of former Princeton president and U.S. president Woodrow Wilson would not serve to “achieve meaningful...

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Free Speech on Trial: Falk vs. Derbyshire; Woodward vs. Shockley; Bollinger vs. Ahmedinejad

March 25, 2016 by Michael Poliakoff |

Does free speech on a college campus matter? Williams College President Adam Falk responded last week to criticism of his February 19 cancellation of John Derbyshire’s scheduled presentation. Falk cited...

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