One of the most talked-about free speech issues in the United States has little to do with the First Amendment, the legislature, or the courts. A set of related controversies and concerns have roiled college and university campuses, pitting student activists against administrators, faculty, and, almost as often, against other students. The clashes, centering on the use of language, the treatment of minorities and women, and the space for divergent ideas, have shined a spotlight on fundamental questions regarding the role and purpose of the university in American society. While free speech is alive and well on campus, it is not free from threats, and must be vigilantly guarded if its continued strength is to be assured.
The Challenges of #MeToo and the Morally Compromised Artist
Wednesday February 13, 2019 | 12:30pm
Organized by the NCAC and PEN America and ARC, panelists debated challenges raised by #MeToo regarding exhibiting, publishing, and performing works created by morally compromised artists and writers. With Svetlana Mintcheva, Pamela Sneed, and Judith Shulevitz, moderated by Jonathan Friedman.
Research and Reports
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