Traditionally, the university or college is thought to be the ultimate location for the discovery and sharing of knowledge. After all, on these campuses are some of the great minds across all fields, as well as students who are not only eager to learn, but who often contribute to our shared wisdom. For those ideals to be achieved, however, ideas require access to some kind of virtual marketplace from which people can sample and consider them, discuss and debate them. Restricting the expression of those ideas for whatever reason is the enemy of not only this process, but also of knowledge discovery. Speech freedom on our college and university campuses, like everywhere else, is fragile. There are those who wish to suppress it, more often than not when the words express ideas, opinions, and even facts that conflict with their beliefs. Why is this effort, so completely at odds with the foundational values of this country, made? This topic explored in Speech Freedom on Campus: Past, Present and Future is multi-layered, and its analysis is best accomplished through multiple perspectives. Joseph Russomanno’s edited collection does precisely that, utilizing 10 different scholars to examine various aspects and issues related to speech freedom on campus.
Joseph Russomanno is professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Chapter 1: Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of Our Times
Geoffrey R. Stone
Chapter 2: The Holmesian Experiment and the Democratization of Truth in the Academy
Ronald K.L. Collins
Chapter 3: Teaching and Preaching Free Speech
Rodney A. Smolla
Chapter 4: Conservatism and Free Speech in Higher Education
Chapter 5: Doing the Work: Defending Campus Speech Rights in the Culture War
Chapter 6: A Confluence on Campus
Chapter 7: Beyond Free Speech Rhetoric: Framing Campus Free Speech Conflicts
Christina E. Wells
Chapter 8: The Awful Ruling of Garcetti v. Ceballos and Its Application at the University Level
David L. Hudson, Jr.
Chapter 9: Free Speech Values in the Classroom
Chapter 10: Managing the Peculiar Marketplace in the Face of Extremism
Brett G. Johnson and Jeremiah P. Fuzy
“Few topics are as fraught with controversy as that relating to free speech on campus. Who students may see and hear on campus, and what they may themselves say there in exchanges with others, directly impacts their education. It not only affects what they learn but who they become. Speech Freedom on Campus: Past, Present, and Future addresses those issues with verve and wisdom. It is easy to read even as it addresses a topic well worthy of the serious analysis that a book written by such an extraordinary selection of distinguished and knowledgeable experts offers.”
“Free speech on campus has stirred no shortage of debate, and this essential anthology demonstrates why. Tackling a range of topics from classrooms to the quad, essays in this anthology provide keen insights into the tensions surrounding invited speakers, campus protests, and academic freedom, all while providing necessary background for novices and experts alike.”
“Why is freedom of speech so controversial in US colleges and universities—now more than ever Speech Freedom on Campus examines this and related issues critically through a remarkable group of experts, some of whom are among the Who’s Who in First Amendment lawThis volume is a valuable contribution to our ongoing debate on speech rights in academe within a polarized American society.”
9/16/2020: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) featured this title in a roundup of current and forthcoming literature for their segment “First Amendment News.” Link: https://www.thefire.org/first-amendment-news-271-new-and-forthcoming-books-issue-the-2020-2021-list/