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Video of Cato Institute Book Forum on Keith Whittington's "Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech"

The Forum features a talk by the author, with commentary by me.


The Cato Institute has posted the video of its recent book forum on Princeton political scientist Keith Whittington's excellent new book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech. The event includes a presentation by the author, commentary by me, and questions from the audience (both on-site and online).

Since I have few disagreements with Whittington, much of my commentary amplifies and extends his argument. In addition, I discuss the special difficulties involved in applying free speech principles to faculty hiring (where I do have some modest differences with Whittington), and steps that both university officials and conservative and libertarian critics of attacks on free speech on campus, can do to strengthen protection for this important value.