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Constitutional Law Scholar Running for Yale Trustee in Effort to Protect Free Speech

Constitutional Law Scholar Running for Yale Trustee in Effort to Protect Free Speech

“A group of alumni approached me and asked if they could put my name forward”

We need a lot more people like this to get involved in higher education.

The College Fix reports:

Constitutional law scholar runs for Yale trustee to protect free speech, intellectual diversity

For the second time in two years, a Yale alumnus is running for trustee of the Ivy League institution on a platform of free speech and intellectual diversity.

This time, it’s a much bigger name: constitutional law scholar Nicholas Rosenkranz.

The Georgetown law professor cofounded Heterodox Academy, which advocates viewpoint diversity among faculty, and serves on the boards of both the Federalist Society and Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

“A group of alumni approached me and asked if they could put my name forward,” Rosenkranz told The College Fix in an email, referring to a group known as Alumni for Excellence at Yale.

“I share many of their concerns about the state of free speech and intellectual diversity on campus, and I am honored that they chose me to help voice these concerns, so I agreed,” he said.

His Heterodox Academy cofounder Jonathan Haidt, the New York University social psychologist and pop-culture figure, is giving his campaign a boost as well. Last week Haidt asked Yale alumni among his 171,000 Twitter followers to help get Rosenkranz’s name on the ballot for alumni trustee.

To promote his campaign, Rosenkranz said he’s using “mailings, social media, and live events,” including a Monday conversation with Haidt at the Yale Club of New York City. It’s hosted by the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale.


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Do the students promoting the BDS movement have the right to speak and advocate on its behalf on campus?

What about the obscene “Gay Pride Day” ad pictures?

I am on the side of free speech, but all sides seem to have a pet expression they would censor and will not be consistent.

    OldProf2 in reply to tz. | September 11, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Yes and yes, certainly. And also the Democratic Socialists, the American Communists, the American Nazis, and all the other groups whose views we probably don’t like. All should be able to speak, and others should be able to speak against their views.

    Right now, I don’t think BDS supporters would face problems, and I’m sure a Gay Pride parade would be welcomed on most campuses. But I’m also sure that a demonstration by the Campus Republicans or Turning Point USA, or the NRA would likely be prohibited, if the administrators could find an excuse to do so.

Let us alumni know if anyone like this can be found to run for Trustee at Cornell. I doubt it.

And in response to tz, yes, they do, at all schools I am aware of, including the few that lean conservative. If you know of examples where the conservative “side” censors such speech on campus, please advise.

Yale has dived in the rankings since Peter Salovey’s presidency, with its signature event being the “Shrieking Girl” incident, which was followed by a program of institutional changes supporting her wishes. We need Trustees who will make a good choice for the next presidency.

I surely do wish him well, but he is taking on a nearly impossible challenge.