March 12, 2016

GOOD FOR THEM: Top Minnesota faculty committee backs free speech resolution.

Yesterday, by a 7-2 vote, the University of Minnesota’s top faculty committee voted to “provisionally support” a strong statement backing the freedom of speech on campus as the University’s “paramount value”–more important than even the university’s commitment to creating a “climate” conducive to equity and diversity. . . .

The move comes after several recent campus controversies over free speech–including two incidents where protestors attempted to shout down guest speakers (see here and here) and the investigation and recommended public censure of faculty members by the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action for using an image of Mohammed from the cover of Charlie Hebdo magazine. Ironically, the image was used to promote a panel discussion on free speech and censorship after the terrorist massacre of the magazine’s writers and editors.

Full statement at the link.

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