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Connections: Free speech (or not) on college campuses

Apr 5, 2017

Are college campuses infantilizing students by teaching them to shut out any speech they don't like? A growing number of academics -- from the right, yes, but also from the political left -- say yes.

RIT is hosting a symposium this week that focuses on the value of free speech for everyone on campus. And while RIT's Joseph Fornieri acknowledges that his own views lean left, he is a staunch defender of the value of hearing all points of view.

We discuss recent incidents on campuses, as well as the debate over who should be welcome to speak. Our guests:

  • Alan Charles Kors, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
  • Joe Fornieri, professor of political science and director of RIT’s Center for Statesmanship, Law and Liberty
  • Richard Feldman, professor of philosophy, and dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering at the University of Rochester
  • David Primo, associate professor of political science and business administration, and associate department chair and director of graduate studies at the University of Rochester