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In the last few years, the rights of students in North Carolina universities have received some significant new protections
Every year, my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), issues its annual Spotlight on Speech Codes report in which we rate the speech codes of more than 400 of the largest and most prestigious colleges and universities in America using a red, yellow, and green light s
As I have previously reported, last May US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I) proposed subjecting people who make politically incorrect statements about climate change to criminal investigation, and in September a group of respected academics went on the record endorsing that outrageous idea...
However complicated you want to try to make it, the concept of free speech does not contain the right to shut other people up. Unfortunately, there is an entire movement of political activists right now who would not only disagree with my assertion but would seek to keep me from saying...
In June, the US Supreme Court struck down a provision of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. The Court held that, under the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures, "The provision of the Los Angeles Municipal Code that requires hotel operators to make their registries...
The Supreme Court will have to clarify the implications of its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling with respect to the First Amendment
he price of leadership is that now you are in a spotlight for all to judge you---for better or worse. Freedom of Speech is a hallmark of America that lets us criticize until the cows come home.
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after learning that the Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy had been spray-painted overnight.
I noted in last week's newsletter that the American left has abandoned its traditional support for free expression and now seems intent on criminalizing politically incorrect speech. One notable manifestation of this change is a growing consensus that "hate speech" ought to be subject to criminal...
At cato.org, Walter Olson has posted an interesting discussion of how politicians are increasingly inclined to criminalize politically incorrect speech...
This year has been an eventful one for higher education in general and for North Carolina specifically. As Santa checks his list, the Pope Center has a few suggestions as to who's been naughty and nice this year.
I had my first taste of the University of Georgia in 1995 when I participated in a classical guitar competition at the flagship in Athens. Instructors in the university's music department judged me and a handful of other guitar players from around the state on our technique and performance (in case
I recall vividly in the early 1980s spending fifteen minutes walking two hundred yards with my older faculty mentor from our offices to Davidson's post office. Along the way, he greeted or was greeted by Davidson students, staff, other faculty, and townspeople. For each there was a hearty "good morn
Great outrage has erupted from inside the University of North Carolina system due to the closure of three academic centers by the system's Board of Governors. The local media has published story after story by UNC academics excoriating the Governors for everything from a denial of free speech to...
The university where I teach, George Mason University (GMU), has a speech code which purports to regulate the speech of students in the interest of civility and educational values.
When Columbia University's Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board complained a few weeks ago that "many texts in the Western canon [contain] triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities," I thought of China, whose education minister vowed to ban...
Commencement season is an often-controversial time. Last year was conspicuous for its wave of politically motivated disinvitations, with students trying, sometimes with success, to get their universities to rescind invitations to commencement speakers such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Condoleezza Rice.
Stroll through a college campus, and you expect to hear debate about a range of good, bad, and even crazy ideas.
Freedom of speech is one of the core values of a free society. It ought to be appreciated and protected by Americans across the political spectrum. Unfortunately, it is not.
As the State of the Union address by President Obama and the Republican response aptly demonstrated, the next two years are more likely to feature confrontation rather than conciliation in Washington.
Amid horror stories about speech codes, grade inflation, and political correctness run amok on college campuses across the country, there's been one major positive development in recent years: the emergence of independent academic centers. The more than 150 centers focus on topics such as...
There was a time when one's initiation into the fraternity of journalism included a profound indoctrination into the value of the First Amendment to the survival of our Republic.
Stroll through a college campus, and you expect to hear debate about a range of good, bad, and even crazy ideas.
Freedom of speech is one of the core values of a free society. It ought to be appreciated and protected by Americans across the political spectrum. Unfortunately, it is not.
As the State of the Union address by President Obama and the Republican response aptly demonstrated, the next two years are more likely to feature confrontation rather than conciliation in Washington.
Amid horror stories about speech codes, grade inflation, and political correctness run amok on college campuses across the country, there's been one major positive development in recent years: the emergence of independent academic centers. The more than 150 centers focus on topics such as...
There was a time when one's initiation into the fraternity of journalism included a profound indoctrination into the value of the First Amendment to the survival of our Republic.
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after learning that the Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy had been spray-painted overnight.
I recall vividly in the early 1980s spending fifteen minutes walking two hundred yards with my older faculty mentor from our offices to Davidson's post office. Along the way, he greeted or was greeted by Davidson students, staff, other faculty, and townspeople. For each there was a hearty "good morn
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