|Free Speech and CMU
||[Feb. 23rd, 2005|12:38 am]
brought a controversial speaker to campus. He apparently gave an inciteful lecture (incite not insight).So a CMU student organization recently |
While I don't have a copy of The Tartan in front of me, you can get a good deal of the campus reaction off of the cmu.misc.market bboard.
For example, these threads, among others.
Personally, I fully support the right of organizations to bring whoever they want to speak at a university campus ("I may not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend your right to say it."). However, I also think that if organizations want to bring controversial speakers, they must be willing to accept other (all?) controversial ideas being experssed publicly on the campus as well.
From what I have read of the handling of admission of students and other community members to the event, however, I am less supportive of the organization's decisions (also, they could have booked a larger venue, I suspect).
As it was, I think I got some benefit from reading the speech, even if a substantial portion of that benefit was derived from noticing some good techniques in convincing crowds (mobs?) using fairly unsubtantiated rhetoric.