Free Speech Under Fire at Saint Vincent College

Mike Sabo
RealClear Education

Excerpt: The opportunity to speak freely and openly – especially on controversial topics – is a cornerstone of civic education. But events that unfolded after the “Politics, Policy, and Panic: Governing in Times of Crisis” conference at Saint Vincent College demonstrate that freedom of speech at America’s institutions of higher education continues to stand on shaky footing.

Letters by Gary Quinlivan, CPET’s co-director, and Saint Vincent president Father Paul R. Taylor denounced the conference and apologized to students. The college initially prohibited the publication of all presentations, though a complete playlist was published on YouTube a few days later.