Keith Whittington: Why We Should Value Campus Free Speech
Universities have a distinctive and important mission in American society: They assemble and nurture an open and diverse community of scholars, teachers, and students dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge. The robust protection of free speech and civil discourse is essential to that mission. Understanding the relationship between the critical functions of the university and the principles of free speech can help us tackle the challenges that confront members of modern universities.
Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton. He writes about American constitutional law, politics, and history, and American political thought. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, is a member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and is currently a fellow with the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and completed his Ph.D. in political science at Yale. His most recent books include Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech and Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present. He is currently completing two books, Constitutional Crises, Real and Imagined and The Idea of Democracy in America, from the American Revolution to the Gilded Age.
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