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2010 Muzzle Awards on campus

Harvard and Yale universities felt the sting of the global economic collapse firsthand in 2009, as the endowments of these stalwart New England Ivy League members dropped by nearly a third. The schools didn’t fare much better in the free marketplace of
Harvard and Yale once again lead the way . . . for academic censorship
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 02, 2010
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Critical Mass

If free speech is what gives value to the campus "marketplace of ideas," UMass Amherst would long ago have gone bankrupt.
Over the years, UMass Amherst has proven to be a reliable hotbed for political hypocrisy and squelching of free speech
By KYLE SMEALLIE AND HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 20, 2009
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Speak no evil?

Anthony Lewis's free-speech credentials are impeccable: among other things, the former New York Times columnist is James Madison Visiting Professor of First Amendment Issues at Columbia University's Journalism School
Why tightening up on anti-Obama speech is a bad idea
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 14, 2009
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Parody flunks out

Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 30, 2008

The Muzzle Awards: Collegiate Division


Stamping out free speech in academia
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 25, 2008
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Eraser heads

What happened to the student bill of rights?
Overzealous deans at Emerson literally make students’ rights disappear
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAMES F. TIERNEY  |  October 25, 2007


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Well shut my mouth!

Are today’s college students thinner-skinned than were previous generations?
Tufts and Brandeis muzzle student newspapers — at students’ urging
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAN WOLFE  |  May 16, 2007
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Why the Imus cave-in is bad for free speech, radio, and the whole society

I was never a fan of Don Imus.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  April 19, 2007
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Facing off over Facebook

Students, be warned: the college of your choice may be watching you. Post at your own peril: The risks of sticking it to the man on Facebook. By Adam Reilly
Who’s looking at you, kid?
By GREG LUKIANOFF AND WILL CREELEY  |  March 02, 2007
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Alumnus interruptus

Rather than take pride in the bi-monthly’s stellar 108-year-old reputation, university administrators effectively declared war on Harvard magazine earlier this year when they brought out an in-house competitor.
How University, Inc. is controlling the message to its graduates — and funding base
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 16, 2006
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The image of hypocrisy

The 8”-by-10” photograph was hard to miss.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 29, 2006


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I stand by what I said

We find ourselves in what we academics call “a teachable moment.” 
The speech Harvard's Larry Summers should have given six months ago
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  February 23, 2006