USD Debates Free Speech On College Campuses

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Credit: Miyeko Inafuku / Flickr
Above: A building at University of San Diego is pictured, June 20, 2007.

When: Friday 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Theatre

Cost: Free open to the public

There have always been limits on the American ideal of free speech. The old adage of not being able to shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater is generally one of those limits.

But what constitutes shouting "Fire!" on a college campus?

Efforts to stop controversial speech on college campuses are becoming more frequent across the country.

A debate at the University of San Diego this week asks the question: Is free speech under threat on America's college campuses? The event is one of a series of ongoing debates at USD's new Center for Ethics, Economics and Public Policy that aims to foster open dialogue on a wide range of issues.

Matt Zwolinski, professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego and director, University of San Diego Center for Ethics, Economics and Public Policy discusses the upcoming debate Wednesday on Midday Edition.