×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate
     

Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate

4.5 2
by Greg Lukianoff
 

See All Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 1594037302

ISBN-13: 2901594037305

Pub. Date: 01/28/2014

Publisher: Perseus Distribution


For over a generation, shocking cases of censorship at America’s colleges and universities have taught students the wrong lessons about living in a free society. Drawing on a decade of experience battling for freedom of speech on campus, First Amendment lawyer Greg Lukianoff reveals how higher education fails to teach students to become critical thinkers:

Overview


For over a generation, shocking cases of censorship at America’s colleges and universities have taught students the wrong lessons about living in a free society. Drawing on a decade of experience battling for freedom of speech on campus, First Amendment lawyer Greg Lukianoff reveals how higher education fails to teach students to become critical thinkers: by stifling open debate, our campuses are supercharging ideological divisions, promoting groupthink, and encouraging an unscholarly certainty about complex issues.

Lukianoff walks readers through the life of a modern-day college student, from orientation to the end of freshman year. Through this lens, he describes startling violations of free speech rights: a student in Indiana punished for publicly reading a book, a student in Georgia expelled for a pro-environment collage he posted on Facebook, students at Yale banned from putting an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote on a T shirt, and students across the country corralled into tiny “free speech zones” when they wanted to express their views.

But Lukianoff goes further, demonstrating how this culture of censorship is bleeding into the larger society. As he explores public controversies involving Juan Williams, Rush Limbaugh, Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins, Larry Summers—even Dave Barry and Jon Stewart—Lukianoff paints a stark picture of our ability as a nation to discuss important issues rationally. Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate illuminates how intolerance for dissent and debate on today’s campus threatens the freedom of every citizen and makes us all just a little bit dumber.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901594037305
Publisher:
Perseus Distribution
Publication date:
01/28/2014

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Dangerous Collage 1

Campus Censorship: Alive and Thriving

How Campus Censorship Harms Us All

Beginning Our Journey through the Modern College Experience

Chapter 1 Learning All the Wrong Lessons in High School 15

High Schools and Unlearning Liberty

"Seriously, Why Is Free Speech Important Again?"

The Legal Landscape

Beyond the Law: The Grand Philosophy behind Free Speech

Polarization, and the Special Importance of Free Speech in the Internet Age

J. S. Mill and a Warning to Colleges

How the Road to Censorship Is Always Paved with Good Intentions

The Acceptance of Censorship by College Students

A Personal Aside: How Multiculturalism Demands Free Speech

What High School Students (and Parents) Need to Know before They Go to College

Chapter 2 Opening the College Brochure 37

PC Went to War with Free Speech in the 1990s, and Free Speech Lost

Hidden Speech Codes, Everywhere

What Harassment Is Supposed to Mean

A Short Selection of Examples of Abuses of Harassment Codes on Campus

The Department of Education Muddies the Waters

The Harm of Campus Speech Codes That Are "Just on the Books"

The "Silent Classroom"

Speech Codes, Juan Williams, and the Danger of Honest Talk

Chapter 3 The College Road Trip 61

Quarantining Free Speech

Four Factors That Work against Campus Free Speech

The Price of Bureaucracy and Hyperregulation

An Opportunity for Free Speech on Campus?

Chapter 4 Harvard and Yale 77

All Is Not Well at Harvard and Yale

Yale's About-Face on Free Speech

Fraternities at Yale Make Matters Worse for Free Speech

Harvard's Surprising Cluelessness about Free Speech and Free Minds

Pledging Yourself to Oversimplifying Moral Philosophy at Harvard

Larry Summers, and How Playing with Ideas Teaches Us to Talk Like Grownups

Chapter 5 Welcome to Campus! 95

Disorientation

Residence Life: From Hall Monitors to Morality Police

The University of Delaware "Treatment"

"Us versus Them": The Culture War as Here Narrative

Chapter 6 Now You've Done It! The Campus Judiciary 115

The Student Judiciary and the Criminalization of Everything

Violations of Due Process and Free Speech Often Go hand in Hand

Michigan State University's Surreal Inquisition Program

Campus Justice and Sexual Assault

Step One of Doing Away with Due Process in Sex Cases: Redefine Normal Human Interaction as an Offense

Step Two: Lower Due Process Protections (or, How the Federal Government Isn't Helping)

What's at Stake: A Due Process Cautionary Tale out of Ohio

Campus Justice and Unlearning the "Spirit of Liberty"

Chapter 7 Don't Question Authority 137

Oh Yeah, We Actually Mean Don't Question Authority

Campus Authoritarianism versus Sci-Fi Fans

Facebook and the Risks of Online Dissent

War at Peace College and the Spamification of Dissent

Swear at Your Own Risk (a.k.a. Skip This Section If You Can't Abide Cussing)

How State Governments (Often) Aren't Helping

Colleges Need to Teach Students to Question Authority, if Only for Their Own Good: The Penn State Child Rape Scandal

Chapter 8 Student Activities Fair 159

Stiffing Freedom of Association on Campus

Theater Club

Campus Christians

Contrast: The Muslim Students Association at Louisiana State University

Young Americans for Freedom at Central Michigan University and Hostile Takeovers

Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

The Campus Lesbian and Gay Association, and Tolerance for All

The Fallout from Martinez: San Diego State and Vanderbilt

From PETA to Guns: More Causes That Can Land You in Trouble on Campus

Unlearning How to Live with Each Other

Chapter 9 Finally, the Classroom! 185

Mandatory Assumptions and Pleasant Little Lies

Academic Freedom, Free Speech, and Ward Churchill

Mandatory Lobbying for Progressive Causes

The Limits of "Social Justice" Advocacy

"Dispositions" and Political Litmus Tests

"So, Are You Sure I Can Write Whatever I Want in This Assignment?"

Teaching Censorship by Example

Chapter 10 If Even Your Professor Can Be Punished for Saying the Wrong Thing 203

Learning on Eggshells: The Hindley Case at Brandeis

Culture Wars, Censorship, and the Professoriate

Not Letting the Cases Blur Together: The Very Real Consequences of Censorship on Campus

The Outrage Culture, from the Campus to the Real World

Chapter 11 Student Draftees for the Culture War 219

Students Destroying Student Newspapers

Student Government Gone Wild

The "Irvine II": Misunderstanding Free Speech

Student Censorship of the Right

"I Believe in Free Speech ... Except When I Don't Like It": Students Come to Expect Protection from Free Speech

Infecting the Law Schools and Infecting the Law

"Bullying," the "Blame Free Speech First" Attitude, and What It Means for All of Our Liberties

Conclusion: Unlearning Liberty and the Knee-Jerk Society 243

Acknowledgments 247

Notes 249

Index 285

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An eye-openning book for students about to embark on their college careers as well as their parents. The book documents the erosian of free speech in colleges campuses. As a parent who witnessed radically different free speech experiences in her own college life, it was a humbling to read and realize that our childen do not enjoy or even understand what free speech really means and that, sadly, we are a big part of the problem. It is difficult to envision students of the '60s tolerating creepy "free speech zones" that encompass less than 1% of the college or allowing the power of school administrators to concentrate and grow stronger so that it corrupts and undermines one of the central principles of our American constitution: free speech.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago