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An Attack on Free Speech at Harvard


The Atlantic

Harvard’s Dean of Social Science, Lawrence Bobo, suggests faculty speech should have limits, threatening academic freedom. He proposes punishment for faculty criticizing the university, a move seen as an assault on academic freedom. Bobo’s examples include faculty encouraging external intervention in university affairs and faculty encouraging students to violate university rules. Critics argue that faculty should be free to criticize the university and that any disagreements should be addressed with counter-speech, not sanctions. Bobo’s views risk chilling faculty speech and suppressing faculty-student interactions. The situation highlights the need for continued protection of academic freedom.

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