Campus Free Speech
Colleges and universities play an essential role in sustaining our democracy. They serve as crucibles of ideas, dialogue, and debate, committed to the pursuit of truth and knowledge. But as political discourse has become increasingly polarized in the United States, colleges and universities have run up against tensions between the bedrock values of free speech and inclusion. Concerns centering on the use of language, historical legacies of discrimination, and the space for divergent ideas have roiled campuses across the country and shined a spotlight on fundamental questions regarding the role and purpose of free expression in American society. PEN America has been at the forefront of these issues, working to reconcile the tensions between free speech and inclusion to ensure equal access to the intellectual life of the campus and to sustain the spirit of open inquiry core to the academic mission.
PEN America has advised, spoken at, and organized programming at campuses across the country. We offer training workshops, advisory meetings, convenings and dialogues, and public events, tailoring these engagements to the needs and interests of particular campuses and audiences. To bring PEN America to your campus, contact us at [email protected].
For media inquiries, please contact Stephen Fee at [email protected] or +1 646.779.4830
Campus at a Crossroads
Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm
With Ulrich Baer, Rich Blint, Suzanne Nossel, Lee Rowland, and Jeremy Waldron.
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Research and Reports
Chasm in the Classroom: Campus Free Speech in a Divided America
Chasm in the Classroom: Campus Free Speech in a Divided America details an array of infringements on speech, both official and informal. More
Wrong Answer: How Good Faith Attempts to Address Free Speech and Anti-Semitism on Campus Could Backfire
Tennessee, North Carolina, and Wisconsin have already enacted comprehensive new campus speech laws with varied provisions. Similar proposals have been introduced or are under consideration in Michigan and Illinois. In… More
And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Freedom of Speech at U.S. Universities
And Campus for All combines extensive reporting and thorough analysis of all sides of recent debates, as well as three case studies informed by exclusive interviews with protagonists in some… More