Free speech advocates' calls to uphold open debate on college campuses is intersecting with a rise in verbal and physical violence against Jewish and Muslim students. Who can leaders rely on to help revive civil dialogue?
Boston University students exercised their right to free speech to shout "obscenities" at a commencement event that would have been "the precursor to a fistfight" back in President Robert A. Brown's youth, according to a statement.
Champions of Higher Education kicked off their public campaign last Friday to denounce recent legislation countrywide that they view threatens higher education and, by extension, the nation's democracy. Among the supporters are nine former state university system leaders from Louisiana, Maryland, California and Wisconsin, to name a few.
Political polarization recently led to a fiasco at Stanford University and to one Wayne State University professor getting arrested. Here are three states implementing programs that aim to champion civil discourse so voices can be heard, not silenced.
The Foundation for Individual Rights and Freedom (FIRE) selected these institutions based on some of their head-scratching decisions such as circumventing a teacher's academic freedom, removing funding from a LGBTQ+ events, instating policies that would streamline firing tenured professors, and others.
Faculty leaders have demanded the resignation of Purdue University Northwest Chancellor Thomas L. Keon after he blurted out a string of gibberish in a failed, offensive joke he made during a commencement ceremony.