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Mapping Free Speech Tensions on College Campuses

Mapping Free Speech Tensions on College Campuses

Dr. Demetri Morgan and School of Education Ph.D. student Norma López collaborate to create an interactive map that follows recent clashes between speakers and student protesters.

Clashes between student protesters and campus speakers have dominated the news media in recent years. Colleges have struggled with how to best balance the First Amendment rights of speakers and the student groups that invite them while promoting inclusive and educationally safe environments for students that find the message of these speakers to be harmful. Given these tensions, we wondered: What is the current status of Free Speech and The First Amendment on College Campuses?