- To further explore the current state of free speech protections on college campuses and examine first-hand accounts from the perspectives of those at the forefront of the debate.
- To understand the policies and viewpoints that have enabled suppression of constitutionally protected free speech at institutions of higher education.
- On July 27, 2017, the Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules and the Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs held a joint hearing highlighting challenges to free speech on college campuses.
Overall, suppression of free speech on college campuses appears to be worsening. In some situations, states and public universities have responded to free speech violations by enacting policies to eliminate the counterintuitive free-speech zones, in addition to disciplining disruptive students.
In September 2017, the U.S. Attorney General expressed concern that freedom of thought and speech are “under attack” on campuses and called for a “national recommitment” to campus free speech cases.
Witnesses and testimonies
|Mr. Tyson Langhofer||Senior Counsel and Director, Center for Academic Freedom||Alliance Defending Freedom||Document|
|Dr. Bret Weinstein||Professor In-Exile||Evergreen State College, Washington||Document|
|Dr. Allison Stanger||Russell J. Leng '60 Professor of International Politics and Economics||Middlebury College, Vermont||Document|
|Dr. Shaun Harper||Provost Professor of Education and Business, Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, USC Race and Equity Center Executive Director||University of Southern California||Document|
|Dr. Robert P. George||McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions||Princeton University||Document|