Saturday, September 12, 2015
Next Thursday, the University of California Board of Regents will meet to discuss declaring a new right for students and faculty — the right not to be upset by the speech of others. The proposed “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance” starts off by proclaiming the virtues of “[f]ree expression and the open exchange of ideas” as well as “inclusion and academic freedom.” In the very next paragraph, the statement then says that free speech only works as long as it matches their criteria for “inclusion and academic freedom” (via Newsalert):
Just to be clear, I'm a professor at the University of San Diego, a small but undeniably cute (nominally) Catholic institution, not the University of *California*, San Diego, a carrier in the battle group of the University of California (a.k.a. the "System"). Sometimes I give us trying to explain this to people:
Q: Where are you from?
A: The University of San Diego.
Q: Oh, I love La Jolla. It's really nice.
A: Acutally, we're south of there, down the coast, on a mesa overlooking the ocean.
Q: Yeah, the ocean breezes are so nice, and La Jolla is such a nice neighborhood.
A: It is, but I'm actually from a Catholic university, not the UC . . .
Q: And you have your share of Nobel Prizes winners, right?
A: (giving up) Yes, we have twenty, I think.