The Bad Ideas of the Wisconsin Regents

BY JOHN K. WILSON Is disrupting a speaker worse than rape? According to the University of Wisconsin Board or Regents policy passed last week, it is. Only one of them gets mandatory penalties. If a student is accused of rape, and even convicted of sexual misconduct twice, there is no requirement for an automatic suspension,…

Peter Wood’s Call for a Blacklist

BY JOHN K. WILSON At Minding the Campus, Peter Wood’s essay about “The Case for Colonialism” article argues this: “And perhaps we should not forget the names of those thousands who signed the petitions.  It might be a good exercise for deans and provosts who have received from academic search committee recommendations to appoint candidates…

Why Banning Speakers Is Absolutely Wrong

BY JOHN K. WILSON Milo Yiannopoulos’ much-hyped Free Speech Week at Berkeley has disappeared, not with a bang but with a whimper. The whimper came yesterday when Milo made a brief appearance on Sproul Plaza, where he sang the Star-Spangled Banner (without kneeling) and left about 30 minutes later. Berkeley spent an estimated $800,000 on…

In Defense of Ken Storey

BY JOHN K. WILSON We have seen many cases recently of professors being fired for their political opinions on twitter, but the University of Tampa’s firing of Ken Storey today is one of the more extreme, ridiculous, and utterly bizarre examples. The University of Tampa announced: On Sunday, Aug. 27, visiting assistant professor of sociology…

ESPN and the Myth of Political Correctness

BY JOHN K. WILSON When ESPN decide to shift an announcer named Robert Lee away from a football game at Charlottesville, the far right declared it was a crisis of political correctness. On Fox News, Tucker Carlson announced: Craziest story of the week: #ESPN dropping an announcer named #RobertLee from a game. The president of…

Why White Supremacists Shouldn’t Be Banned

BY JOHN K. WILSON Today’s decision by the University of Florida to ban rental of space for an event by white supremacist Robert Spencer is a threat to free speech on campus, and the reasoning behind it poses a danger to a wide range of speech. University of Florida president W. Kent Fuchs justified his…

AAUP Honors Harry Keyishian for His Legal Fight 50 Years Ago

BY JOHN K. WILSON Harry Keyishian was a special honoree at the AAUP’s annual awards luncheon today ‘for his courage, integrity, and unstinting commitment to academic freedom.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Keyishian v. Board of Regents, which established academic freedom as “a special concern of the First Amendment.”…