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Free speech controversies inflame college campuses: Roy S. Gutterman

By Roy Gutterman, October 27, 2017

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College campuses have long been hotbeds of speech, protests and thought. The American college campus, where young people come to learn and grow as adults and scholars develop new ideas, was always a place where part of that education included being confronted by and confronting varying viewpoints.

In recent months, college campuses across the country have been wrestling with some difficult free speech issues, and it looks like it is not getting better. In February, protesters rioted in Berkeley, nearly burning down a building because conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos was booked to speak at the University of California. The speech was canceled.

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