Students at the 2008 Campus Freedom Network Conference had the privilege of hearing columnist John Leo give the opening address on June 26. He gave an amusing overview of some of the most ridiculous speech codes on university and college campuses and discussed how these codes are unconstitutional and can be overturned with the efforts of students and faculty. In this episode of FIREside Chats, we have compiled some of the highlights of Leo’s presentation.
A longtime champion of free speech on college campuses, Leo is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor to City Journal, and editor of Minding the Campus. His syndicated column was carried in U.S. News & World Report and 140 other newspapers for 17 years. He also has served as a writer and editor for numerous publications, including Time magazine, The New York Times, Commonweal, Trans-Action (now Society), and the Village Voice. Leo has authored three books, including Incorrect Thoughts: Notes on Our Wayward Culture and Two Steps ahead of the Thought Police.