Free Speech on Campus

Friday, February 9, 2018

Free speech stampFree speech is once again the center of debate on college campuses. At several colleges, including at CMC, speakers have been shut down by protests for what was deemed offensive speech. There are increasing demands, as colleges strive to become more inclusive, to prohibit disrespectful, offensive or hateful speech. Critics worry that such efforts threaten freedom of thought on campus. What is the place of free speech in higher education. Are there limits to what sort of speech colleges and universities can tolerate given their commitment to scholarly inquiry, civil discourse and an inclusive community? Can we balance robust free inquiry with a sense of community?

All panel sessions will be held in the Security Pacific room at the Athenaeum.

Panel I: 9-10:15 a.m.
Is Free Speech Central to Higher Education?
Damon Linker, The Week/University of Pennsylvania
Lily Geismer, CMC
Peter Schuck, Yale Law School
Steven Hayward, Berkeley
Chair: Robert Van Hallberg, CMC

Panel 2: 10:25-11:40 a.m.
Contemporary Challenges
Diana Selig, CMC
John Tomasi, Brown University
Peter Eliasberg, ACLU
Daniel Farber, Berkeley Law
Chair: Aseema Sinha, CMC

Lunch/Student Panel: 12:35-1:35 p.m.
Student Presentation of Campus Survey on Free Speech
Romi Ferder, CMC ’20
Charles Harris, CMC ’19
Sophia Helland, CMC ’20
Joseph Noss, CMC ’20

Panel 3: 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Liberal Education and Free Speech
Mark Blitz, CMC
Aurelian Craiutu, Indiana University
Roosevelt Montas, Columbia University
Susan McWilliams, Pomona College
Chair: Jamel Velji, CMC