Can we (ever) take a joke? (Part 2)
Colleges have an intellectual basis on which to rest position statements that protect the freedom of speech and expression. The University of Chicago’s letter to new students is one way to make the school’s commitment known, and Yale’s commission from more than 40 years ago provides a road map for designing more protections.
Can we (ever) take a joke? (Part 1)
“When they start coming for the comedians, everyone else needs to sweat,” says a voiceover during the trailer for the documentary Can We Take a Joke? “When they start coming for the comedians, everyone else needs to sweat,” says a voiceover during the trailer for the documentary Can We Take a Joke?
Florida art prof penalizes students for saying ‘melting pot’
Students enrolled in Art Appreciation at the University of Florida risk losing credit on assignments if they use the phrase “melting pot” in class.
Scapegoat or Scandal? When Universities Suffer “Bad Press”
According to a new study from the Harvard Business School, “The Impact of Campus Scandals on College Applications,” by Michael Luca, Patrick Rooney, and Jonathan Smith, “Scandals with a high level of media coverage significantly reduce applications.” What can universities do about it?
Are Campus Bureaucrats Incapable of Respecting Free Speech?
As administrative bloat on campuses has increased in recent decades, so has encroachment by university busybodies. After all, such bureaucrats need to justify their paychecks.
Indoctrination Triumphant: Social justice this year’s hot topic for summer reading assignments
Students at Wesleyan University, for instance, will read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, which argues that strict sentencing laws for drug crimes intentionally targeted black men.
The Chilling Effect of Fear at America’s Colleges
The coddling of students’ minds has resulted in grave restrictions of free speech on campus—but academic leaders are also to blame.
Yale Lets the Abusive Protesters Win
The students got exactly what they wanted. They were rewarded for their nastiness. They’ll do it again.
Yes, President Obama Defended Free Speech At Rutgers. No, That Won’t Change Anything
President Obama certainly deserves some credit for his defense of Rice and free speech. Had he remained silent, he would have effectively given a green light for future censorship. However, his speech is unlikely to have any real impact in the fight for free speech on college campuses.
When Sharing a Belief Is a Hate Crime
Even if the university ultimately finds the employee “not guilty” (not even a sure thing at this point) the damage will be done, the message sent – keep your mouth shut if you know what’s good for you. Professing one’s faith shouldn’t be a radical act. And yet, here we are.