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Speaking at Georgetown about Campus-Speech Restrictions

When I chimed in last spring at NRO to strongly criticize, with great personal regret, my alma mater, Georgetown University, for its response to a speech by noted scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, little did I know how much worse college campuses would get for the rest of 2015. So now I’m going into the belly of the beast, speaking at Georgetown at the invitation of its College Republicans and of the Young Americans Foundation. I will be speaking on behalf of free speech and free inquiry, against the growing trend of speech codes, “trigger warnings,” “safe spaces,” and an imaginary new bogeyman called “micro-aggressions.”

Here are the details.

Without giving away too much about the speech, let it be known that I welcome all comers for a respectful discussion, and that while my criticisms of current trends will be strong, the tone will be constructive — and I will draw upon past, positive experiences at Georgetown to make my points.

No college student should be afraid of well-intentioned ideas, even ones with which the student expects to disagree.

If students feel otherwise, well, George Will had a word for them, doubly appropriate this week in Washington: “snowflakes.”

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