Podcast: The First Amendment Speech Debate on College Campuses

November 20, 2015

By Staff at National Constitution Center

Are there limits to what can be said at and displayed on college campuses?

This podcast discusses recent controversies at Yale University and the University of Missouri involving the First Amendment, the 14thAmendment, free speech and hate speech.

At Yale, the controversy started after an e-mail from its Intercultural Affairs Committee encouraged students to show restraint in their Halloween costume selections. Two professors objected, saying universities “have become places of censure and prohibition.” That debate is on-going. And at Missouri, the controversy stared over the school’s response to several racial incidents and led to protests that forced the school’s president and its chancellor to resign.

Joining National Constitution Center scholar in residence Michael Gerhardt to discuss these issues are two experts in constitutional law.

Erwin Chemerinsky is Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. Dean Chemerinsky is also a member of the National Constitution Center’s Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board.

Greg Lukianoff is president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Greg is a graduate of American University and Stanford Law School, where he focused on First Amendment and constitutional law. He is also the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate  and Freedom From Speech.

Schools: University of Missouri – Columbia Yale University Cases: University of Missouri: Policing of “Hurtful” Speech Yale University: Protesters at Yale Threaten Free Speech, Demand Apologies and Resignations from Faculty Members Over Halloween Email