Aaron Hanlon, English professor at Colby College, was a conservative during his undergraduate years, and has advice for today’s conservative students: don’t see yourself as victims, learn how to convince people who disagree with you, avoid comparing disagreement with suppression, and seek out highly credentialed conservative speakers instead of provocateurs like Milo.
Speaking of Milo, the Chronicle covers how the president of the University of Washington, Ana Mari Cauce, handled requests to disinvite him.
Also in the Chronicle, University of Pennsylvania lecturer Rafael Walker argues that cancelling controversial speakers hurts students by creating echo chambers.
FIRE published its bias response team report, which is the result of a survey of the mandates given to universities’ and colleges’ bias, and the definitions of bias that are used by various institutions.
Catherine Ross, professor of law at George Washington University, argues that we ought to start teaching the principles of free speech in public schools as preparation for college: “Not only do public schools fail to teach the principles underlying free expression and dissent, but they also often censor and punish controversial constitutionally protected speech of all sorts.” [behind a paywall]
Cornell University’s student assembly voted on a request to the Faculty Senate to consider ways in which viewpoint diversity among Cornell’s faculty could be increased. Half the assembly voted for it, but the assembly president cast his tiebreaking vote against the resolution.