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Harvard Puts Leash on Free Speech When It Comes To Certain Speakers

September 22, 2019

Speakers deemed “controversial” by the dean of students’ office will have to have a moderator at the event in order to give a talk at Harvard College under a new policy for extracurricular organizations.

The moderator is to be taken from among staff or faculty.

College officials also want a month’s notice from undergraduate organizations before a speaker with a high profile or who is declared controversial can appear on campus.

The policy is new for the 2019-2020 school year, according to The Harvard Crimson.

As examples of recent past controversial speakers at Harvard, The Harvard Crimson cited two right-of-center figures:  sociologist Charles Murray and former lesbian Jackie Hill-Perry.




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