Feb 24, 201602:43 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Free speech and diversity of thought at the UW? Who’da thunk it?
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Free speech on campus? What a concept!
Thank God (if you’ll pardon the expression) for emeritus professor Donald Downs, the motivating force behind The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy. Reserve your calendar for the weekend of March 11–12 as the good professor and his Center study threats to the First Amendment in a conference entitled “Free Speech on Campus: Old Threats, New Challenges.”
Friday, March 11, 5 p.m. —“In defense of prejudice: Why free speech is the only safe space for minorities,” Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institute. Auditorium, Wisconsin Historical Society
Saturday, March 12, 1:30 p.m. —"Offensive environments,” Laura Kipnis, Northwestern University. Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall
Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m. — “Freedom of thought on campus: 1985 to the present and beyond,” Donald Downs, UW–Madison. Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall
The purpose of the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy is:
… to advance intellectual diversity at the University by taking ideas seriously that we believe have not always enjoyed sufficient respect on campus. Such ideas include the various strands of conservative political thought and libertarian thought, in addition to thought addressing religious liberty, foreign policy, and the role of the military in American society and on campus. We aspire to be a model of intellectual diversity in action for the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
As has well been said, young adults on today’s college campuses need “safe zones” to protect them from controversial — if offensive — words and thoughts. A little more than 70 years ago America’s 18- to 24-year-olds stormed enemy beaches, parachuted behind enemy lines, and kept the munitions factories humming.
For B-Blogge bonus points — “Ivy League crybullies vs. survivor of a Soviet labor camp; guess who needs emotional support?” — Volokh Conspiracy.
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