Thursday, July 11, 2019
CHICAGO - The distinguished free speech absolutist, Jerry Coyne of the University of Chicago, has reviewed the Sawicki Report and found it disappointing. To be more precise, he calls it "lame" and labels it "long and turgid."
The only thing Coyne likes about the report is it dropped the suggestion floated earlier by Jana Sawicki at Inside Higher Education that each student group should have a faculty adviser who would "...talk with the club members about whether they'd thought through how the speaker's views would affect their peers."
Ultimately, Coyne asserts it is impossible to combine freedom of speech with inclusion and diversity.
Setting an example of simplicity and grace, Coyne introduces his article with a short and easy to understand summary of the Sawicki Report and its most significant and fatal flaw. "The committee’s statement does not constitute a policy," he writes. "...it’s a farrago of good intentions and desires to balance free speech with diversity and inclusion. But it offers no guidelines about what speech is to be seen as “hate speech” that threatens “dignitary safety” and therefore subject to institutional action."
Fans of Ephblog will note that Jerry Coyne quotes liberally from my recent Ephblog article accessing the Sawicki Report. As you may know, Jerry Coyne is a prominent "New Atheist" along with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. Reportedly, Coyne's Why Evolution is True blogsite has over 50,000 e-mail subscribers.
John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.
Most Popular Posts
Seyi Olaose ’22 confronting white student representatives during a College Council meeting at Williams College on April 9, 2019. ...
I thought you'd get a laugh out of a tweet from Williams College student Quess Green '20, posting as @hotboyqueso, who is on l...
Purely by chance, I happened to be in Little Rock, AR just when the news regarding President Clinton’s role in the Obama administration...
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat candidate for Congress. We don't need farmers, we have grocery stores. Nothing is built in Ame...
I think it is fair to say that the effort to convert Williams College from an elite educational institution into a monument to identity po...