In response to an article in The Wall Street Journal by Harvey Silverglate titled “Liberals are Killing the Liberal Arts,” I sent my family a four-paragraph email vehemently responding—but maybe not in the way you would expect.
The article addresses the negative reaction toward a recent panel held at Smith College entitled “Challenging the Ideological Echo Chamber: Free Speech, Civil Discourse and the Liberal Arts.” Silverglate goes on to berate the evolving academic culture of censored speech in the pursuit of sensitivity.
As a current senior at Miami University (the one in Ohio), this is something I am very familiar with. Miami students and some organizations recently held protests over keynote speaker George Will because of his controversial opinions on sexual-assault protocol. I was really proud of my university for holding their ground and going forward with Will’s lecture despite widespread protests. I…
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