Academia’s Cowardice in the Face of Contrary Ideas

May 26, 2014

By The Editorial Board at The Arizona Republic

Has the academy ever been this weak?

We ask because we don't know what to make of all the shrinking violets at U.S. colleges and universities who fear the freely expressed views of commencement speakers they can't tolerate.

This year, students and professors at Brandeis, Rutgers and Smith College have rebuffed such luminaries as human-rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde...

Cases: Nationwide: Colleges Across the Country Disinvite Commencement Speakers