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Unlearning Liberty: Free Speech at America's Colleges and Universities


February 27, 2013 12:45pm - 1:55pm

Room 280A


Greg Lukianoff, president of FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, will draw on a decade of experience battling for freedom of speech on campus and walk us through the life of a modern-day college student. He will reveal how higher education fails to teach students to become critical thinkers: by stifling open debate, our campuses are supercharging ideological divisions, promoting groupthink, and encouraging an unscholarly certainty about complex issues. He will describe startling violations of free speech rights: a student in Indiana punished for publicly reading a book, a student in Georgia expelled for a pro-environment collage he posted on Facebook, students at Yale banned from putting an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote on a T shirt, and students across the country corralled into tiny “free speech zones” when they wanted to express their views.
Commentary will be provided by Professor Burt Neuborne. 
Lunch will be Provided.