Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Free Berkeley Retro Students Have No Tolerance for Dissent

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Free Berkeley Retro Students Have No Tolerance for Dissent

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It's no exaggeration to say that the free speech movement at American universities began at the University of California Berkeley 50 years ago. Student rights activists who demonstrated for the cause received nightly news attention in California and beyond.

In those days, students at UC Berkeley fought for academic freedom and the right to protest on behalf of civil rights for African-Americans and against America's deepening involvement in Vietnam. The university brass and the state's political elite, however, insisted that students buckle down, study hard, cut their hair and shut up.

They didn't. Free-speech protests at Berkeley were one of the accelerants of social change in America. Yet the students who fought for a vibrant environment for free speech and debate in the 1960s would be appalled by the actions today of other students at their alma mater.

Some students opposed to the university's selection of controversial comedian and pundit Bill Maher to give the keynote graduation speech in December circulated petitions against the invitation. …

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