In his latest column in the Princeton Alumni Weekly, Princeton University President Chris Eisgruber reaffirms the school’s commitment to free speech across the political spectrum.
The faculty at Princeton adopted a statement in 2015 guaranteeing all members of the university community “the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn,” even when the expression of some ideas may be “unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.”
“Many people worry about the state of campus speech today, and understandably so. Higher education has been embarrassed by appalling incidents such as the one at Middlebury College, where protestors shouted down Charles Murray and some physically assaulted him and his host, Professor Allison Stanger,” writes Eisgruber.
Read his full column on free speech in the Princeton Alumni Weekly here.
For more on free speech, read Nat Hentoff’s book “Free Speech for Me — But Not for Thee: How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other,” a classic on the subject.
“The First Amendment does not make an exception for the odious,” writes Hentoff. “Once it starts to be applied selectively, no one, ultimately, will have a safe place to speak or associate.”