Oberlin College’s lawsuit raises issues for global higher education, and has implications for U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
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Is a $25 million judgement against Oberlin College going to chill free speech – or is the wealth of a publicly subsidized private college helping polarize debates about race and politics?
Humans have always sought knowledge, all the way back to Eve.
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Free inquiry has always been a fraught business, from Eden to Facebook, but is a key component of any open society. It shouldn't be taken for granted.
An independent review found there was no freedom of speech crisis at universities, but it recommended a model code of conduct.
The pressure for universities to take action on free speech may be more about politics than anything else.
Free speech is alive and well on our university campuses.
There's no evidence we have a problem with free speech on our campuses. The free speech inquiry is expensive and unnecessary.
A scene from Doug Engelbart’s groundbreaking 1968 computer demo.
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A 90-minute presentation in 1968 showed off the earliest desktop computer system. In the process it introduced the idea that technology could make individuals better – if government funded research.
A crowd gathers around speakers during a rally for free speech near the University of California, Berkeley campus.
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On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, we asked the presidents of Bowdoin, Elon and the University of Washington whether free speech should be treated differently on campus.
‘Free speech zones’ and other efforts to limit free speech on campus are igniting controversies across the nation.
Though free speech on campus is often a divisive issue, solutions are not hard to find, a First Amendment scholar argues.
In new guidance, students and universities could be banned from censoring controversial speakers on campuses following the first ministerial intervention on free speech in 30 years.
Public university professors enjoy great protections when it comes to free speech.
Despite calls for their ouster, public university professors who utter offensive things enjoy free speech protection. But a scholar argues for another way to respond to what those professors say.
Demonstrators gather in anticipation of controversial speaker Ann Coulter near the University of California, Berkeley campus, April 27, 2017.
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New laws pending in Wisconsin and North Carolina would require public universities to punish students who disrupt campus speakers. But these laws would do more to hinder free speech than protect it.
Students protested at UC Berkeley on both sides: in opposition to Ann Coulter and in support of free speech.
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What legal rules must colleges and universities follow when it comes to speech on campus? And, beyond legal requirements, what is a school's obligation to protect – or limit – free speech?
Students for a Democratic Society was the largest – and arguably most successful – student activist organization in U.S. history.
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Student protest has been in the political spotlight since Trump's election. Todd Gitlin, former president of Students for a Democratic Society, shares his perspective on protest in the 60s and now.
Too much for some students to bear?
No-platforming is turning supposedly 'critically minded' events into adolescent cheerleading sessions.
Not the best way to shut someone up.
Student protesters thought they were silencing someone they despise. But they actually gave their opponent a far louder voice.
Protestors at the University of California, Berkeley campus oppose the appearance of Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
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UC Berkeley had a duty to protect the free speech of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and those protesting his appearance. But what are the limits of free speech when it comes to campus safety?
Highly restrictive speech codes are now the norm in some of the world's universities.