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Banished explores academic freedom, free expression, campus politics and the culture wars.

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Diversity Is Great, DEI, Inc. Isn't

What’s wrong with conventional campus DEI initiatives?

March31, 2024

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"Entitled to Judge"

A student reflects on freedom of expression on campus.

November 30, 2023

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Will Florida's "Stop WOKE Act" Hold Up in Court?

A legal challenge to Florida's "divisive concepts" law

November 1, 2022

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Shakespeare, Thou Hast Been Cancelled

Why are so many English teachers refusing to teach Shakespeare?

May 27, 2022

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In the Eye of the Storm

How Rhodes College philosophy department resisted attempts to cancel Peter Singer's talk

April 20, 2022

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The Skeptic

Michael Shermer was hired to question the conventional wisdom, but he asked too many questions.

March 9, 2022

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Does Free Speech Discriminate?

A brief, turbulent history of speaking your mind.

February 10, 2022

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The Subversiveness of Humor

Pakistani artist and activist Salima Hashmi talks about the extent to which freedom of expression is eroded under authoritarianism. Americans should pay attention.

January 27, 2022


The Bother With Baby

An annual holiday staple, "Baby It's Cold Outside" has been called misogynistic, sexually aggressive and just plain creepy.

December 30, 2021

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Out of Darkness, Into the Fire

Why is a 2015 book about segregation suddenly being banned throughout Texas?

December 8, 2021


Temptations of the West Reconsidered

Khalid reflects on leaving her homeland for the promise of intellectual freedom in the West. Has the West lived up to its promise?


November 3, 2021


Rethinking the Canon: What Makes a Classic?

On the enduring value of Plato,

St. Augustine and Gandhi

October 14, 2021


Expanding the Canon: Are "Great Books" Obsolete?

Is there value in reading the classics at a time when they are increasingly viewed as tools of oppression and white supremacy?

September 1, 2021

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Alice Walker Has Been Cancelled

In a rare interview, the Pulitzer Prize winning author discusses the repeated "cancellations" she has faced throughout her career.

August 4, 2021

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Whitewashing History?

It’s easy to remove works of art when people are offended by them. But how does erasing depictions of our history help us?

July 21, 2021

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"Free Speech is the Language of the Powerless"

A student reflects on the value of disagreement.

March 21, 2024


The Sunshine State Descends into Darkness (Again)

Florida's all-out assault on academic freedom in higher ed

January 23, 2023

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Whose Tacos?

Cultural appropriation and the politics of cooking and eating food

June 11, 2022

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"Oh Danny, Is This the End?"

Is the musical Grease past its sell-by date?

May 11, 2022

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COVID-19: Lab Leak Or Natural Leap?

How politics stymied scientific research into the true origins of the coronavirus

April 7, 2022


The Cartoon is Mightier Than the Sword

All revolutions start somewhere. The artist Badiucao asks: "Why not start from me?"

February 23, 2022


Common Sense, Unmasked

What happens when a state chooses politics over science?

February 5, 2022


Why the Seuss Estate Pulled Six of Its Own Books

They will not sell them here or there. They will not sell them anywhere.

January 12, 2022


Should More Colleges Drop the ACT and SAT?

Not in the name of equity and social justice

December 22, 2021

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Fear and Scapegoating in the Time of Pandemics

The surprising connection between pandemics and cancel culture

November 17, 2021

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The Cancellation of Dorian Abbot

What's the future of academic freedom when campus climate overwhelms climate change?

October 20, 2021


The "Critical Race Theory" Hysteria

Why anti-CRT legislation is anti-American

September 29, 2021

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The Evolution of "Woke"

Lexicon Valley's John McWhorter tracks the shifting meaning of "cancel culture."

August 18, 2021

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If It's in the World, It's For Me

Interview with artist Dewey Crumpler


July 29, 2021

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