Wed 22 Mar 2017
University Chicago President Robert Zimmer was interviewed in the Wall Street Journal:
A growing number of colleges around the nation are taking steps to protect their students from ideas and words some find hurtful or upsetting. That protection includes a broad blanket of administrative support for things like safe harbors and bias response teams designed to investigate “micro aggressions” and “micro invalidations.”
The University of Chicago has taken a different tack.
WSJ: If Richard Spencer—who attended the University of Chicago and has become a leading white nationalist—was invited to speak at the university, would you have a problem with that?
MR. ZIMMER: Faculty and students invite all sorts of people, and we don’t restrict who they invite.
I don’t invite people. We offer no restrictions to student groups and faculty. What they want to do is hear, discuss and potentially argue with the people they invite.
WSJ: So, if he was invited to speak there, you’d be OK with him coming?
MR. ZIMMER: It would be fine if he came to speak, just like if anyone else came to speak.
Uncomfortable Learning should invite Spencer to Williams. Adam Falk has, we hope, learned his lesson from the Derbyshire disaster and would not ban another speaker, would he?
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