Yale University’s (and the Media’s) Free Speech Problem

February 21, 2011

by Michael Rubin

COMMENTARY

Greg Lukianoff, the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), recently ranked Yale as among the worst colleges for free speech. Certainly, my alma mater deserves its notoriety. In 2009, Yale College Dean Mary Miller censored the Freshman Class Council’s traditional t-shirt ahead of the Yale-Harvard game because it reproduced an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote with a dirty word—“sissies.”  Yale also made international headlines when a top administrator intervened with the nominally autonomous Yale University Press to censor a scholarly study of the Danish cartoon controversy. The interjection coincided with Yale President Richard Levin’s outreach to Persian Gulf funders. And when Levin sought to court China and Chinese money, he restricted protests outside the campus venue in which Chinese President Hu Jintao, his guest of honor, would speak...

Schools: Yale University