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Crisis on Campus: The Future of Free Expression and Intellectual Diversity

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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Colleges should be models of open exchange, but speakers of all political stripes have been subject to the heckler’s veto or disinvited. Many campuses lack intellectual diversity, and a majority of students say the climate on their campus prevents some students from expressing their views. If we are to move past this era of polarization and partisanship, colleges and universities must prepare their students to respect differences in fundamental views while holding open the possibility of practical compromise.

BPC is addressing these issues with its new Campus Free Expression Project. Join us for the Project’s inaugural conversation with a panel of distinguished collegiate and policy leaders as they discuss the crisis of free expression on our nation’s college campuses and how it is undermining colleges’ ability to prepare students to be the next generation of leaders.

The event will be webcast.


Thomas Cushman  
Deffenbaugh de Hoyos Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College

Eric Fingerhut  
President and CEO of Hillel International; Former U.S. Representative

Steven F. Hayward  
Senior Resident Scholar at the Institute of Government Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Fellow, BPC

Sanford J. Ungar  
President Emeritus, Goucher College; Director of the Free Speech Project, Georgetown University

Moderated by:

Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill  
Director, Campus Free Expression Project, BPC


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