Free Speech on Campus: The 2018 Wade Clark Roof Human Rights Lecture with UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman
Hardly a week goes by without another controversy over free speech on college campuses. On one side, there are
increased demands to censor hateful, disrespectful, and bullying expression and to ensure an inclusive and
nondiscriminatory learning environment. On the other side are traditional free speech advocates who charge that recent demands for censorship coddle students and threaten free inquiry. Chancellor Howard Gillman (UC Irvine) will discuss why campuses must provide supportive learning environments for an increasingly diverse student body but can never restrict the expression of ideas. After discussing the central arguments for prohibiting the censorship of ideas on campus, Gillman will review what colleges can and can’t do when dealing with free speech controversies, including controversies around large-scale demonstrations that create risks of violence.