Free Speech, Cancel Culture, and Viewpoint Diversity on Campus
Annual Princeton University Reunions Event
Flora Champy, Assistant Professor of French and Italian, Princeton University; Randall Kennedy '77, Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School; Stuart Taylor, Jr. '70, Author; Contributing Editor, National Journal
Universities are supposed to be institutions devoted to truth-seeking scholarly research and non-indoctrinating teaching. For them to fulfill their missions, basic freedoms—above all liberty of thought and expression—must be respected, protected, nurtured, and encouraged. Yet on many campuses today a climate of groupthink, intolerance, and fear undermines these freedoms. Thought and language are subjected to policing by informal, and sometimes formal, mechanisms. Fearing everything from unfair grading to full-blown “cancellation,” many students fear to speak their minds or raise questions about prevailing campus orthodoxies. Even tenured faculty members sometimes engage in self-censorship. Why is this happening? What can and should be done about it? Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program, will lead a discussion of these questions featuring Princeton alumni Randall Kennedy ’77, Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, and Stuart Taylor ’70, Author and Contributing Editor for National Journal, and Flora Champy, Assistant Professor of French and Italian at Princeton University.
Registration and Accessibility
The lecture will be held via Zoom webinar. Registration is required and is available HERE.
To request accommodations provided by the Office of Disability Services, please contact the James Madison Program no later than three business days prior to the event.