Oy gewalt! How can this be? Walking over to the student union for lunch, I picked up a copy of The Chicago Maroon, the student-run newspaper. At the top was this headline: “Student Government tables free speech resolution.”
I am appalled. I am shaking and crying right now. I can’t even. . . .
How could they do that? Read on.
As you may know, the University of Chicago has one of the nation’s strongest and best free speech codes, the result of a committee convened in 2014 and chaired by law professor and constitutional lawyer Geoffrey Stone. You can read it here; it’s pretty uncompromising in support of free expression. It’s been a model for similar speech policies at other enlightened universities.
But last year at the University of Chicago there were at least two incidents in which speakers were shouted down and could not…
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