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Another university flunks the free-speech test

Another university flunks the free-speech test

Universities love to portray themselves as havens of open discourse. Lately, however, some have shown themselves to be pusillanimous weaklings in defense of intellectual debate and plain old free speech. Take Drexel University, a Philadelphia institution whose administrators either don’t know much about history, or simply find it more palatable to display themselves as cowards than to stand firm behind a faculty member.

The fuse for Drexel’s crisis of conscience was a Christmas Eve tweet by George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor in the...

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