Post Tagged with: "free speech"

On taking criticism: a professor’s reflection

On taking criticism: a professor’s reflection

Late afternoon on a busy Wednesday I got a message from the producer of the Tucker Carlson show on Fox News.  She wanted me on with Tucker Carlson in a few hours, live, to talk about the free speech controversy at Berkeley, where a planned talk by conservative provocateur Ann Coulter was canceled due to security concerns.  When I heard […]

Berkeley should let Ann Coulter speak

Berkeley should let Ann Coulter speak

After the University of California, Berkeley disinvited conservative firebrand Ann Coulter from her scheduled speaking engagement over fears of violent protests, the blogosphere was alight with hundreds of think pieces. Was Berkeley violating Coulter’s First Amendment rights? Were the administration’s actions justified? Was Coulter smart to call its bluff and announce she’d be speaking anyway? The opinions were endless. I’m […]

by Catherine Dunn· · 0 comments · Opinion
Reflections on speech and protest at Colby

Reflections on speech and protest at Colby

I admit to being conflicted. Following the ugly events at Berkeley and Middlebury, I am certain about only two things: a) members of the Colby community need to talk more openly about speech (including speech that is hateful and speech that is protest) before a similar crapstorm erupts here, and b) we need to find a reasonable middle ground between […]

by Walter Hatch· · 0 comments · Opinion
Colby’s harassment policy harasses education

Colby’s harassment policy harasses education

Last month at Emory University, a message in favor of Donald Trump led to wide­scale student protests. The message, which read “Trump 2016,” offended students to such a degree that Emory is seeking disciplinary or legal action against the offender. In a similar fashion on April 15, students from the University of Delaware chapter of Young Americans for Liberty were […]

Why the frik frak do you wanna ban our Yik Yak?

Why the frik frak do you wanna ban our Yik Yak?

In February 2016, a group of protesters petitioned the president of California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) to not let conservative editor of The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro, speak on their campus. The president caved to their demands and canceled the event. However, Shapiro threatened to come to the university anyway. After all, the event had gone through all of […]

The Echo submits to administrative censorship

The Echo submits to administrative censorship

President Greene’s State of the College address was delivered confidently, succinctly, and to great reception. In essence, it seemed to be a proud reflection on his presidency thus far at Colby. But, just moments prior, his administration took a step that greatly undermined that image: they censored the Echo. Even worse, our own newspaper took no initiative to stand up […]