Demonstrators gather at the site of a planned speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at the University of Florida campus on October 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. A state of emergency was declared by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to allow for increased law enforcement due to fears of violence.

Demonstrators gather at the site of a planned speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at the University of Florida campus on October 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. A state of emergency was declared by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to allow for increased law enforcement due to fears of violence.

The free speech movement was born at a university (see: University of California, Berkeley circa 1964). Decades later, the hottest debates over free speech are often happening on today’s college campuses.

A new Gallup-Knight Foundation survey of 3,000 U.S. college students found that 70 percent of students “still favor an open learning environment that allows all types of speech over one that puts limits on offensive speech, however not as widely as they did in 2016 (78 percent). Democrats, blacks and women are among the groups that are less supportive of an open environment than they were in 2016; Republicans still overwhelmingly favor an open environment (86 percent).”

Host Joshua Johnson recently moderated a conversation on this topic at the University of Michigan. We bring you a special 1A that examines the dilemma colleges face when trying to encourage the free flow of ideas while supporting students’ desire for a respectful and inclusive environment.

Guests

  • Angela Dillard Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies; Dean of Undergraduate Education, College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan; @adillard4
  • Faith Sparr Lecturer IV of communication studies at University of Michigan
  • Jesse Arm Chairman of the American Enterprise Institute’s Michigan Executive Council, University of Michigan senior; @jesse_leg
  • Maximillian Alvarez Co-founder of the Campus Antifascist Network at University of Michigan, PhD candidate in comparative literature and history; @maximillian_alv

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