Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, 1st Edition

  • Keith E. Whittington
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  • ISBN-10: 0691193592
  • ISBN-13: 9780691193595
  • DDC: 378.1213
  • 232 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released October 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This title explains why colleges and universities live or die by free speech, which is under attack at colleges and universities today, as critics on and off campus challenge the value of freewheeling debate. The book argues that universities must protect and encourage vigorous free speech because it goes to the heart of their mission to foster freedom of thought, ideological diversity, and tolerance. Examining hot-button issues such as trigger warnings, safe spaces, hate speech, disruptive protests, speaker disinvitations, and social media, it describes the dangers of limiting speech and enforcing orthodoxy. It explains why universities must make space for all voices and points out how understanding free speech can help guide students, faculty, administrators, and alumni when faced with unpopular, hateful, or dangerous speech. Timely and vitally important, it shows why universities can succeed only by fostering more free speech, more free thought—and a greater tolerance for both.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Speak Freely.
1: The Mission of a University.
2: The Tradition of Free Speech.
3: Free Speech on Campus.
4: Ideological Ostracism and Viewpoint Diversity on Campus.
For Further Reading.
A Note on the Type.
Discussion Questions.