Professor Couple at Yale Stop Teaching After Free Speech Chill

December 8, 2015

By Ethan Wells at Herald Current

Demonstrators for anti-free speech at one of the most vaunted universities in America have asserted that a husband and wife who say that teaching is a lot of trouble in the campus climate isn’t conducive enough to warrant civil dialogue.

Nicholas and Erika Christakis, Yale University professors who’ve both got overwhelming positive reviews form their students have said that they have had enough after there was an email which she sent that started off a controversy all across campus.

She said that she had a lot of regard for her students but worried that the climate at Yale presently isn’t contributory for civil dialogue and open inquest was required in order to solve their social problems.

This matter had begun back in October when a psychology professor, Erika Christakis who is also associate master at the Silliman College, one of the many residential communities, sent an email in which she defended the rights of her students to dress in culturally appropriate clothing. This spurred indignation and also caused one pupil to confront Nicholas Christakis on the campus quad and berate him in an episode that was also caught on video which went viral a little while ago.

The video has Nicholas, a professor and doctor of social & natural science, trying to reason with this pupil who had been yelling at him for not protecting his pupils as others approved of what he was saying.

Erika Christakis said that she was going to cease teaching right away for an indefinite amount of time and said that the campus isn’t conducive for civil conversation and an open inquiry should be conducted to solve the societal problems. Her husband also said that he was taking a sabbatical and was not going to educate courses which were scheduled for the spring.

The Dean of Yale, Jonathan Holloway said that he didn’t have much to say about her choice.

The school is responsible ultimately for free speech as per the Individual Rights in Education foundation.

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