On Campus / Viewpoint Diversity

Liberal Education for Freedom

By Matthew Rose ● National Affairs ● 10/07/2017

This January, a week before rioting, vandalism, and tear gas overtook the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, its chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, sent a lengthy message to the university community. He explained why the visit of provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos could not be stopped, but ought not be welcomed, and in the process highlighted the “tension” between political rights and academic values. Dirks noted that the university, as a public institution, is prohibited from banning expression based on its content or viewpoint, no matter how hateful or hurtful. But, he continued, “we regard Yiannopoulos’s act as at odds with the values of this campus.”