July 18, 2016

Universities Killing Free Speech

By: Megan Cook

Passionate about issues of free speech on campus? Our AFF members sure are.

Last week, over 60 people gathered at The Lookout in Washington D.C. for a film, panel, and reception. Our members and friends were some of the first to see Rob Montz’s documentary film Is the University Killing Free Speech and Open Debate?

The film shows Montz returning to campus to reflect on the Brown University he knew as an undergraduate in the early 2000s. His experience at Brown included endless campus debates. Unfortunately, Montz found during his return that Brown students have “an addiction to indignation.” If you do not share the same opinion as other Brown students, you will not have a voice. Student, professors, and guests at Brown University were protested and shouted down by Social Justice Warriors (SJWs).

After the film, AFF invited two additional speakers to the stage — Robby Soave from Reason, Montz, Ari Cohn from FIRE — along with Rob. They examined trends in censorship, protesting, and assessed the impact of SJW culture. AFF members and friends then had the opportunity to converse with the panel members.

The film is now available online through WeTheInternet.tv, a comedy channel that tackles issues around personal and economic freedoms.

Bummed that you missed the event? No worries. Here is a link to the video.

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