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At U.S. colleges, a failing grade in free speech

At U.S. colleges, a failing grade in free speech

Colleges are supposed to be places where students are exposed to a variety of opinions. Increasingly, however, administrators and students alike are deciding that free speech on campus must be stifled lest it undermine students' fragile self-esteem. The pretext is often a desire to provide a "safe space" for students, but the result is an environment in which the open expression of unpopular ideas is frowned upon as dangerous and unacceptable.

Two recent examples exemplify this troublesome trend.

When a student group at Williams College in Massachusetts invited Suzanne Venker, an author and Fox News contributor, to participate in a student-run "Uncomfortable...