University of Chicago’s Kalven Report on free speech featured and defended in Wall Street Journal op-ed

All over the U.S., colleges and universities are falling over each other to make flaunt the most virtue by posting official statements about politics and ideology, now about Ukraine and, when that settles down, back to statements about ethnicity and politics. All, that is, except the University of Chicago, which is unique in having a … Continue reading University of Chicago’s Kalven Report on free speech featured and defended in Wall Street Journal op-ed

Princeton University violates the Kalven Report (even though it doesn’t have one)

The article below is from the conservative National Review, but of course if you want to find out what’s going on with colleges and universities, especially vis-à-vis free speech and academic freedom, you have to look at right-wing sources. This is not to imply that the Right doesn’t censor or suppress speech, but since most … Continue reading Princeton University violates the Kalven Report (even though it doesn’t have one)

The Kalven Report of 1967, supposedly ensuring the political neutrality of the University of Chicago

In 1967, President George Beadle of the University of Chicago (a Nobel-winning geneticist and also an avowed atheist) convened a committee whose charge was to “prepare a statement on the University’s role in social and political action.” This was the result of many people calling for the University to take positions on political issues like … Continue reading The Kalven Report of 1967, supposedly ensuring the political neutrality of the University of Chicago

Atlantic article on why universities shouldn’t make official political or ideological statements

I swear, maybe I should try writing some of my website posts as articles for magazines, where I could actually get paid.  It’s not that I need the dosh, but getting a check is a special form of love in return for one’s words.  Don’t worry, though, I’ll never monetize this site. The reason I thought … Continue reading Atlantic article on why universities shouldn’t make official political or ideological statements

FIRE has a chat about free speech with the University of Chicago’s incoming President

As of September 1, our estimable leader, Bob Zimmer, is retiring as President of the University of Chicago and will become Chancellor, retaining his interest in the free-speech principles that he supported so strongly over the past 15 years (I hope he’ll also keep his interest in our ducks as well!). Our new President is … Continue reading FIRE has a chat about free speech with the University of Chicago’s incoming President

UC Irvine Chancellor officially weighs in on Rittenhouse verdict: says it shows racism of the jury

There are actually two principles of free speech that should be proclaimed and adhered to by every college and university in America, whether they be private or public. (Religious schools, of course, must exempt themselves.) 1.) There must be freedom of speech for all as that freedom is described by the First Amendment and construed by … Continue reading UC Irvine Chancellor officially weighs in on Rittenhouse verdict: says it shows racism of the jury

U of C President clarifies and affirms University’s refusal to take official stands on political, ideological, and moral issues

For a while I’ve been dismayed by the posting of statement after woke statement on departmental websites of the University of Chicago, all espousing doctrines adhering to Critical Race Theory or the Black Lives Matter movement, and often castigating their own group for a past history of racism in a University department or school—a history … Continue reading U of C President clarifies and affirms University’s refusal to take official stands on political, ideological, and moral issues

Another public university speech kerfuffle: On the defense of liberal but not conservative speech by San Diego State

In an op-ed in the Times of San Diego, we read that a Dean at San Diego State University, a public California college, emitted some pretty inflammatory tweets dissing Republicans and making other extreme political statements. The question is not whether this is a free speech issue (it isn’t, despite what the headline below implies), … Continue reading Another public university speech kerfuffle: On the defense of liberal but not conservative speech by San Diego State

Another violation of academic freedom at The University of Chicago

As I’ve written here before, the University of Chicago has several “foundational principles”. These include the famous Chicago Principles of Free Expression, promoting complete freedom of speech, which have been adopted by over sixty universities. They also include the Kalven Report, which prohibits the University, with a few rare exceptions, of taking official political, moral, or … Continue reading Another violation of academic freedom at The University of Chicago

University of Chicago no longer #1 in free speech rankings

For a long time the University of Chicago has been #1 among all rated American colleges and university’s in the free-speech ranking of FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). I’ve been beefing for over a year about my school’s unwillingness to enforce its own speech rules, though, by allowing departments to make official … Continue reading University of Chicago no longer #1 in free speech rankings