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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Shepard and Culver on Culture Wars on Campus: Academic Freedom, the First Amendment and Partisan Outrage in Polarized Times @jasonmshepard

Jason M. Shepard, California State University, Fullerton, and Kathleen Bartzen Culver, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Center for Journalism Ethics, and University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, have published Culture Wars on Campus: Academic Freedom, the First Amendment and Partisan Outrage in Polarized Times at 55 San Diego Law Review 87 (2018). Here is the abstract.

After a California community college professor called the election of President Donald Trump an “act of terrorism” in her classroom the week after the vote, a student-recorded viral video sparked a national conservative media firestorm. Critics said the professor should be fired for outrageous liberal bias, while supporters defended her comments as being protected by academic freedom and the First Amendment. The student, meanwhile, was suspended for his unauthorized recording while defenders decried his punishment as evidence of anti-conservative discrimination and harassment. By examining tensions between faculty and student speech rights, the use of technologies to take ideological disagreements “viral” through partisan media, and the role of colleges and universities in culture wars, this paper finds deep divisions in views of rights and responsibilities of faculty, students, and institutions in campus free-expression controversies.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/media_law_prof_blog/2018/09/shepard-and-culver-on-culture-wars-on-campus-academic-freedom-the-first-amendment-and-partisan-outra.html

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