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.
Children marching on the
anniversary of the Soweto uprising.
It's time South Africa stopped stereotyping its young people as being disinterested and morally bankrupt and started engaging them.
Puerto Ricans in favor of independence protest after a referendum was held on the island’s status.
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Some Puerto Ricans voted, but most stayed home amid a looming financial debt crisis and political protests. Will this vote matter?
Banners on the campus of Kent State University commemorating the anniversary of the May 4 shootings.
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The May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State still loom large in our national conscience. What do these events tell us about the role of the university in today's climate of student protest?
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.
Student protests in South Africa have centred around free tertiary education.
Generational rebellion is an enduring feature of all societies. Indeed, it is the dynamic through which societies renew themselves and move forward.
The right questions and planning can help universities to mitigate risk.
Risk has to do with uncertainty; people struggle to conceptualise and manage that which they're unsure about. This is true in the higher education sector, too.
Thabo Mbeki during his inauguration as Chancellor at UNISA.
There's no doubt South African universities need to undergo a real shift. But are the country's current intellectual and academic forces up to the task?
Students want things to change at South Africa’s universities.
The push for decolonisation could ironically end up trapping universities in a colonised curriculum.
2017 promises to be another tough year as South African universities head into the uncertain terrain of further addressing and healing the divisions that have been exposed.
More leadership is needed to tackle universities’ crises.
South Africa must address the root factors contributing to nationwide protests in the higher education sector or face dire consequences
University students use a mattress as a shield against rubber bullets.
Social justice is not just a phrase for protesting students. Instead it is something that defines them.
A student passes South African riot police during free education protests at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand.
Some students argue wrongly that the ANC has betrayed the promise of free higher education made in the Freedom Charter. The governing party's populism is also to blame for the confusion.
South Africa’s student protests are raising difficult issues, some of which are not being debated openly.
Demands being made by protesting students in South Africa purport to support the poor. But the most marginalised young people in the country will not benefit from free higher education.
When governments and students collide, university systems wobble.
The politicisation of academia definitely contributes to a decline in academic standards. This is a situation South Africa must work hard to avoid. It can learn from others on the continent.
There has been a great deal of research, planning and talking to come up with solutions to South Africa's higher education funding crisis. Some of these plans must now be put into action.
The student movement in South Africa prides itself on being “leaderless”.
Student protesters have demonstrated good leadership in some spheres but come up short in other areas. This suggests that universities ought to focus more on how they teach leadership.
Peacekeepers can offer a channel of communication between police and protesters.
Peacekeeping is not easy. But for South Africa's universities to begin working towards solutions, it is crucial that their communities give peace a chance.
Scenes like these may drive young people away from academic careers.
Many young academics and those who might be considering an academic career will be horrified by what's unfolding at South Africa's institution. Will bright minds be lost?
Critical dialogue could help South African universities get back on their feet.
When students are genuinely listened to and understood, and their proposed solutions to problems are taken seriously, real change can happen in university faculties.