Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech

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Author Whittington, Keith E
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Why free speech is the lifeblood of colleges and universitiesFree speech is under attack at colleges and universities today, with critics on and off campus challenging the value of open inquiry and freewheeling intellectual debate. Too often speakers are shouted down, professors are threatened, and classes are disrupted. InSpeak Freely, Keith Whittington argues that universities must protect and encourage free speech because vigorous free speech is the lifeblood of the university. Without free speech, a university cannot fulfill its most basic, fundamental, and essential purposes, including fostering freedom of thought, ideological diversity, and tolerance.<
>Examining such hot-button issues as trigger warnings, safe spaces, hate speech, disruptive protests, speaker disinvitations, the use of social media by faculty, and academic politics,Speak Freelydescribes the dangers of empowering campus censors to limit speech and enforce orthodoxy. It explains why free speech and civil discourse are at the heart of the university's mission of creating and nurturing an open and diverse community dedicated to learning. It shows why universities must make space for voices from both the left and right. And it points out how better understanding why the university lives or dies by free speech can help guide everyone-including students, faculty, administrators, and alumni-when faced with difficult challenges such as unpopular, hateful, or dangerous speech.<
>Timely and vitally important,Speak Freelydemonstrates why universities can succeed only by fostering more free speech, more free thought-and a greater tolerance for both.

Table of Contents
Preface ix<
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>Introduction 1<
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>1 The Mission of a University 9<
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>2 The Tradition of Free Speech 28<
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>3 Free Speech on Campus 51<
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>Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces 57<
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>Hate Speech 77<
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>Forms of Protest 94<
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>Student Groups and Outside Speakers 116<
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>Faculty and Academic Freedom 141<
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>4 Ideological Ostracism and Viewpoint<
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>Diversity on Campus 161<
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>Notes 181<
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>For Further Reading 199<
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>Index 205