Free College? Free Speech on Campus? A Dialogue with John Sexton, NYU President Emeritus

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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Mudd Hall (MHP), 203
3709 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Is higher education becoming intolerant of different views and perpetuating echo chambers? Is censorship becoming the norm?

Thank you to everyone who explored those questions with center Director Bob Shrum and New York University President Emeritus John Sexton to discuss the state of free speech on college campuses. Sexton served as President for 13 years and was named “Nine Presidents to Watch” by Time Magazine.

He is a New York Times Best Selling Author and will share insights from his latest book "Standing for Reason, The University in a Dogmatic Age."

In his latest book, he argues political positions, elevated to the status of doctrinal truths, now simply are “revealed.” Our leaders and our citizens suffer from an allergy to nuance and complexity, and the enterprise of thought is in danger. Sexton sees our universities, the engines of knowledge and stewards of thought, as the antidote, and he describes the policies university leaders must embrace if their institutions are to serve this role. Acknowledging the reality of our increasingly interconnected world—and drawing on his experience as president of New York University when it opened campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai—Sexton advocates for “global network universities” as a core aspect of a new educational landscape and as the crucial foundation-blocks of an interlocking world characterized by “secular ecumenism.”

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Free Food


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni


University Park Campus


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