FIRE’s Lukianoff in Templeton Press Video Discussing ‘New Threats to Freedom’

By July 8, 2010

Templeton Press, the publisher of the recent book New Threats to Freedom, has begun a video series featuring the authors of that compilation talking about their chapters of the book. FIRE President Greg Lukianoff, who along with luminaries including Christopher Hitchens and David Mamet is one of the authors featured in the book, is the most recent to go before Templeton’s cameras. His video, "Lukianoff on Free Speech," is a brief, cogent discussion of how universities’ efforts to squelch free debate on campus are having profoundly negative effects on American society and democracy. If people don’t genuinely debate the most serious issues of the day, he argues, they will hold their beliefs merely like prejudices without really understanding why they believe them in the first place.