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Date(s) - Wednesday, May 30
7:30 pm

Campbell Hall


Wade Clark Roof Lecture on Human Rights, “Free Speech on Campus,” will be given by Howard Gillman (Chancellor, UC Irvine).

Hardly a week goes by without another controversy over free speech on college campuses. On one side, there are increased demands to censor hateful, disrespectful, and bullying expression and to ensure an inclusive and nondiscriminatory learning environment. On the other side are traditional free speech advocates who charge that recent demands for censorship coddle students and threaten free inquiry.

Chancellor Gillman will discuss why campuses must provide supportive learning environments for an increasingly diverse student body but can never restrict the expression of ideas. After discussing the central arguments for prohibiting the censorship of ideas on campus, Gillman will review what colleges can and can’t do when dealing with free speech controversies, including controversies around large-scale demonstrations that create risks of violence.

Free and open to the public. For further information contact Capps Center Director Kathleen Moore at kmoore@religion.ucsb.edu or (805) 893-2562