Express Yourself or Suppress Yourself? Free Speech on Campus [Video]

College used to be grounded in the inviolate principle that each of us should confront new ideas, speak our minds and learn. Has that time passed? This year alone we have seen a riot at UC Berkeley and violence at Middlebury College over controversial speakers. Instead of “express yourself,” a new view seems to be taking hold: “Suppress yourself — or I’ll do it for you.” What is happening to free speech on campus?

In this panel discussion (sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute, the University of Texas-Austin Objectivism Society, and the Young Conservatives of Texas) three leading voices in this field address current threats to freedom of speech on college campuses: Dave Rubin, creator and host of The Rubin Report; Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and Ideas Beyond Borders; and Steve Simpson, director of Legal Studies, Ayn Rand Institute.

This panel was recorded live at the Edgar A. Smith Building at the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.