“[I]t is not the proper role of the institution itself to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome”
Professor Jacobson wrote about the incident at Lewis and Clark earlier this month. Now some faculty members at the school are standing up for free speech.
The College Fix reports:
After student shutdown of Christina Hoff Sommers speech, professors push free-speech statement
It took a few years and repeated student disruptions of a contrarian feminist’s speech, but Lewis and Clark College is seriously considering a free-speech statement in line with the University of Chicago’s pioneering statement.
The Pioneer Log reports that 13 professors across departments have signed the resolution, and it will “move into the adoption process” in two weeks.
Similar to the UChicago statement, this version says the Portland college must “guarantee all members of the Lewis and Clark community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn”:
[I]t is not the proper role of the institution itself to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive. …
Although members of this community are free to criticize and contest the views expressed on campus, and to criticize and contest speakers who are invited to express their views on campus, they may not obstruct or otherwise interfere with the freedom of others either to express or to hear views they reject or even loathe. To this end, Lewis and Clark College has a solemn responsibility not only to promote a lively and fearless freedom of debate and deliberation, but also to protect that freedom when others attempt to restrict it.
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