Journal of Educational Controversy


Monday, November 20, 2017

Jonathan Zimmerman to Speak on “Censorship and Free Speech on College Campuses in the Age of Trump” at Western Washington University

Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of History of Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, will present a talk on “Censorship and Free Speech on College Campuses in the Age of Trump,” at Western Washington University, Communications Facility 120, on Friday, December 1st at 4pm.

At a time when campuses around the country are facing questions about free speech in classrooms and on campuses, when students silence views with which they disagree, and hate speech threatens to produce violence, the University of Pennsylvania’s Jonathan Zimmerman will help us think through how college campuses should think about free speech on campus. Drawing from his new co-authored book, The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools, Prof. Zimmerman will provide guidance for administrators, professors, students, citizens, and activists.

·       When, if ever, should speech be limited?

·       How do universities respond to ideas that are rejected by scholars?

·       Are universities “free speech zones” or do they have an obligation to favor expert knowledge grounded in research?

·       How should universities respond to threats facing free speech on campuses today?

JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN is Professor of History of Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to The Case for Contention, he is author of Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know (2016). He writes regularly for the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other major media outlets.

This event is sponsored by the President’s Office, the Office of the Provost, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership, the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes against Humanity, WWU Associated Students, and the History, Political Science, Secondary Education, and Sociology departments.

WWU is an equal opportunity institution.

For disability accommodation contact Johann Neem (360) 650-2511.


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