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Connections: Discussing freedom of speech and trigger warnings on college campuses


In March, President Donald Trump signed an executive order protecting freedom of speech on college campuses. The order directed federal agencies to link funding or grants to how schools enforce the right to free speech. The move, according to the President, was to protect conservatives who wanted to challenge “rigid, far-left ideology.”

Has tension related to speech on college campuses reached a boiling point? Should measures – such as trigger warnings – be put in place to protect marginalized or vulnerable voices? We discuss these questions and the nuance surrounding the debate with our guests, who recently participated in a University of Rochester podcast. In studio:

  • David Primo, Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and associate professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester
  • Matthew Burns, dean of students in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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