On October 5, NAS partnered with the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and First Things to hold a panel discussion on the state of academic freedom. The last academic year saw waves of student protests, disinvitations of campus speakers, and calls for trigger warnings and safe spaces. University administrators tasked with enforcing order and upholding intellectual freedom often found themselves unprepared—or else caved to student demands. What does academic freedom mean in this new age of intolerance? The Pope Center's Jay Schalin, NAS President Peter Wood, and Brooklyn College Professor KC Johnson each spoke on the history, philosophical meaning, and current state of academic freedom. Emory University professor and First Things senior editor Mark Bauerlein served as moderator.
Image: Vimeo video, First Things.