Villanova University

Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

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  • Letter from two free-speech groups implore Villanova to reconsider workshop

    February 28, 2012

    Two free-speech groups have called on Villanova University to reconsider its decision to cancel a workshop by a controversial gay performance artist. The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education sent a letter to Villanova’s president, the Rev. Peter H. Donohue, saying they were concerned about the “threat posed to academic freedom” by the abrupt cancellation of Tim Miller’s workshop, which was scheduled for mid-April. Donohue said he called off the residency because of the “explicit, graphic, and sexual content” of Miller’s work and not because of his sexual orientation. Miller’s shows often contain […]

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  • Protesters disrupt Charles Murray at Villanova University (VIDEO) [UPDATED]

    April 3, 2017

    FIRE staff heard rumors last week that Charles Murray, a controversial conservative social scientist, would be speaking at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. The event was scheduled for about a month after a protest of Murray’s March 2 lecture at Middlebury College turned violent. (That event left a faculty member with a neck injury.) Given the history of animosity that some have for Murray, who co-authored The Bell Curve, we felt it was important to attend his lecture and see how he would be received at Villanova. It was hard to miss the police presence upon arriving to […]

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  • Murray event ignites free speech discussions at Villanova (VIDEO)

    April 3, 2017

    Additional video coverage of FIRE’s March 30 trip to Villanova University to cover a speech by conservative social scientist Charles Murray. Click this link for FIRE’s full coverage of the event.

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  • Villanova Cancels Workshop by Controversial Gay Performance Artist

    February 24, 2012

    In a letter sent today, FIRE and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) have asked Villanova University to explain how academic freedom and free speech are safe on campus in the wake of Villanova’s decision to cancel a workshop sponsored by faculty in the university’s Department of Communication. The workshop by gay-rights activist and artist Tim Miller, scheduled for April 16-20, was canceled after criticism of the content of Miller’s past work came to the attention of Villanova’s senior leadership. The workshop is not necessarily related to any of Miller’s past performances, and Villanova has strongly stated that although it […]

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