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Nicholas Dirks: Free Speech and the University Under Assault

During his tenure as chancellor at UC Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks navigated some of the most challenging free speech controversies in the contemporary United States. In one of the most telling episodes, a February 2017 speech by the right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was shut down amid a riot by left-wing "antifa" protesters. In this talk, Dirks will reflect on challenges such as these as well as the ideological challenges to the liberal norm of free speech and the threat posed to universities by these contemporary disputes.


Hosted by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

October 2, 2017

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Learning Commons and Library, St. Clare Room, 3rd floor
Santa Clara, 95053
United States

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Nicholas Dirks

Former Chancellor and Professor of History and Anthropology, UC Berkeley

David DeCosse

Director of Campus Ethics Programs, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics—Moderator