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Campus ‘Muzzle Awards’ Highlight Free Speech Issues in Higher Ed

Campus ‘Muzzle Awards’ Highlight Free Speech Issues in Higher Ed

“speech suppression in academia is pretty much as common as it is outside of the ivy walls”

The concept of the “Muzzle Awards” is really from a recent column by Harvey Silverglate And Nathan McGuire at WGBH. Take a look:

2018 Campus Muzzle Awards: Four Institutions That Dishonored Freedom

One of the remarkable things about the persistence of censorship in a society that in theory enjoys First Amendment freedoms is that suppression of speech is found even on college campuses, where (in theory) the doctrine of free speech combines with academic freedom to offer (again, in theory) even more speech protection than in the “real world.”

Unfortunately, speech suppression in academia is pretty much as common as it is outside of the ivy walls, as these examples demonstrate.

UMass Boston And Tufts University

Here’s a twofer: UMass Boston and Tufts University both host Confucius Institutes on their stateside campuses. The institutes, which are housed at more than 100 other American universities, are funded, staffed, and run by the People’s Republic of China for “cross-cultural exchange.”

China has an abysmal record on free speech and academic freedom, principles that most American universities claim as bedrocks of their mission. The mere presence of the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston and Tufts likely chills speech critical — directly or indirectly — of China…

Northeastern University Removes Video Of Public Lecture

File this one in the category of much ado about nothing. Or perhaps in the category of how the modern academic administrator is more interested in his university’s public persona than in providing an accurate historical record.

Barry Bluestone, a prominent economics professor at Northeastern University, made national headlines in February after he said at a public lecture that he wouldn’t mind seeing President Donald Trump dead…

Harvard College Faith And Action Club

Principles of freedom of speech, religion and association do not deter the ever-increasing number of bureaucrats at Harvard College from throwing their weight around when it comes to student religious life.

In February, Harvard College Faith and Action (“HCFA”), a Christian student group which, since its founding in 2008, has been tied to the national Christian Union, was placed on a “one-year administrative probation,” according to the Harvard Crimson.


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