Kenneth Lasson (Baltimore): The Decline of Free Speech on the Postmodern Campus: The Troubling Evolution of the Heckler’s Veto. Scott Jaschik interviews Keith E. Whittington, author of Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech. Higher education is struggling to balance the demand by some students to be protected from offensive speech while guaranteeing freedom of speech to others. From NYRB, Jeremy Waldron reviews Free Speech on Campus by Sigal R. Ben-Porath; Free Speech on Campus by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman; We Demand: The University and Student Protests by Roderick A. Ferguson; Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces: Diversity and Free Expression in Education by John Palfrey; and The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools by Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson.

Kamala Kelkar goes inside the “free speech” debate that rocked a Wisconsin campus, with ripples across the country. State of conflict: How a tiny protest at the U. of Nebraska turned into a proxy war for the future of campus politics. The invisible free speech crisis: Why is there so much focus on no-platforming at elite universities, when hundreds of colleges across America regularly suppress speech? There is no campus free speech crisis: A close look at the evidence. The Right is worse than the Left on free speech — so what? The First Amendment is better off than you might think.