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Political Firings of Left-Leaning Faculty — Academic Freedom Is Not a Partisan Issue

Campus speech has become a cause célèbre on the Right, with pundits hammering away on the alleged excesses and intolerance of those they disparage as “social justice warriors” (or SJWs). As a result, many popular liberal commentators have fallen into reflexively contradicting them, dismissing those Mari Uyehara calls “the free speech grifters” and sifting through..

HxA Open Mind Award Winner: BridgeUSA

By coming together to have honest, respectful, and, potentially impassioned conversations, students learn how to debate without demonizing. BridgeUSA has done an outstanding job creating these opportunities for mutual understanding across a growing number of campuses, which is why we are proud to recognize its initiative and success with the HxA Open Mind Award for Outstanding Student Group.

HxA Open Mind Award Winner: Lindsay Shepherd

Amidst the story of controversy that enveloped WLU, Shepherd did some deep soul searching. Many in her position would have resigned from the teaching assistant position, acquiescing or otherwise altering their educational strategies. But Shepherd did the opposite. She doubled down on her commitment to viewpoint diversity, refusing to change her methods.

John Inazu on Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #26

John Inazu is professor of law and religion at Washington University in St. Louis. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms—specifically speech, assembly, and religion. His first book is about freedom of assembly. His second book, which we discuss, is Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference. It was published in 2016 and a paperback edition with a new introduction comes out this year.