The essays in Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in Higher Education reflect diverse perspectives on one of the most pressing issues in higher education--the controversies over freedom of speech and its relation to intellectual diversity. Does the First Amendment apply on campuses and do its principles clarify or obscure the issues surrounding campus speech? What, after all, is the basis for those principles, and how do they relate to the purposes of the university? Is free speech truly effective without a diversity of perspectives, and to what extent is such diversity found at universities today? Does free speech discourage the inclusion of minorities or previously excluded groups? Are there specific policies that can address the issue of free speech on campuses today in ways that are fair to all parties and to the interests at stake?
Paul Carrese is the founding director of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University.
Carol McNamara is the associate director for public programs for the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University.
James R. Stoner, Jr. is the Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University.
Part I: The Concept of Free Speech in Law and Higher Education
Chapter 1: The Classic First Amendment Tradition Under Stress: Freedom of Speech and the University by Robert C. Post
Chapter 2: Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of Our Times by Geoffrey R. Stone
Chapter 3: From Skokie to Charlottesville: Free Speech, Moral Leadership, and the Line between Tolerating and Condoning Speech by Ulrich Baer
Chapter 4: The First Amendment and Academic Freedom: Principles, Law, and Politics by Donald Alexander Downs
Part II: Free Inquiry on Campus: Philosophy
Chapter 5: The Value of Free Speech by Harvey C. Mansfield
Chapter 6: What Is Free Speech For? By Daniel Cullen
Chapter 7: Free Speech and Liberal Education by Norma Thompson
Chapter 8: Was John Stuart Mill Right about Freedom of Speech? By James R. Stoner, Jr.
Part III: Free Inquiry on Campus: The Current Landscape
Chapter 9: The Age of Outrage: What the Current Political Climate Is Doing to Our Country and Our Universities by Jonathan Haidt
Chapter 10: The Intellectual Suicide of American Universities: Causes and Remedies by Steven F. Hayward
Chapter 11: The High Price of Political Homogeneity by Joshua M. Dunn
Chapter 12: Teaching Controversial Topics Such as Evolutionary Theory: Tips and Tools by Cristine H. Legare and David M. Buss
Chapter 13: Space, Speech, and Subordination on College Campus by Laura Beth Nielsen
Chapter 14: Hiding behind Hate Speech by Heather MacDonald
Part IV: What Is to Be Done?
Chapter 15: A Free Speech Roadmap: How Universities Can Navigate the Current Campus Debates over Controversial Expression by Azhar Majeed
Chapter 16: Campus Free Speech, Hostage to Hecklers—Again by James M. Manley
Chapter 17: Statutory Protections for Public University Student Speech by Eugene Volokh
Chapter 18: Legislative Remedies for Violations of Campus Free Speech: The View from 30,000 Feet by Larry Alexander
“This extraordinary collection, which illuminates both the importance of free inquiry and the complexity of the university’s role in contemporary American life, is a model of how to shed light rather than just heat on a controversial subject. Its breadth and depth make it simply essential reading.”
“The willingness to pursue truth even at the price of abandoning deeply held beliefs is the hallmark of intellectual heroism. Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in Higher Education illuminates the contours of the current debates over freedom of speech, and it models intellectual diversity in the range of opinions it represents. It is essential reading for those who embrace the discipline and responsibility of citizenship in a free society. It is testimony to the extraordinary achievement of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership that has since its founding provided a home for such discourse.”