‘The FIRE Quarterly’: From the Board of Directors
October 13, 2006
by Emily Guidry
One of the lessons from this searing experience and tragic loss for academic freedom is that once a university begins down the road of intolerance toward disfavored or controversial viewpoints, there is not stopping point. Harvard has been guilty for a quarter-century of imposing ideologically biased speech codes and freshman orientations on its students….This atmosphere of intolerance ultimately reached the very top of Harvard’s food chain. Summers would have been in a stronger position to defend his own right to speak had he earlier rid the university of the shameful restrictions on student speech.