Speak freely : why universities must defend free speech / Keith E. Whittington
- Whittington, Keith E.
- Additional Titles:
- Why universities must defend free speech
- Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 
- Copyright Date:
- Physical Description:
- xiii, 208 pages ; 23 cm.
- New forum books
- The mission of a university -- The tradition of free speech -- Free speech on campus. Trigger warnings and safe spaces ; Hate speech ; Forms of protest ; Student groups and outside speakers ; Faculty and academic freedom -- Ideological ostracism and viewpoint diversity on campus.
- "Free 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. In [this book] 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 Freely describes 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 Freely demonstrates why universities can succeed only by fostering more free speech, more free thought, and a greater tolerance for both"--Jacket.
- 9780691181608 (hardcover ; acid-free paper)
0691181608 (hardcover ; acid-free paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment; 2017
Purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment (Campus College Libraries); 2018
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