Berkeley Student Calls on New Chancellor to Champion Free Speech on Campus

By on November 20, 2012

In The Daily Californian yesterday, columnist Jason Willick addresses an open letter to Professor Nicholas Dirks, the incoming chancellor for the University of California, Berkeley. In his letter, Willick notes the disturbing prevalence of campus censorship, linking to Greg’s recent op-ed in The New York Times and last week’s Wall Street Journal piece for several recent examples. Willick ends with a stirring call for the new chancellor to uphold Berkeley’s historic tradition of free speech on campus:

One of your most important missions as chancellor, in my view, must be to ensure that UC Berkeley is able to sustain its reputation as an incubator of dissent and free expression, even as other universities restrict speech rights. I wish you the best of luck.

Well said, Jason. We hope Chancellor Dirks will heed this excellent advice.