These are fraught times for speech on college campuses.
Every week brings new stories of students seeking safe spaces and seeking to stifle speech perceived as hateful. At the University of California, much of the recent debate has pivoted on what constitutes intolerance.
An initial anti-discrimination statement adopted by UC leadership ignited the ire of some students and Jewish groups for not explicitly condemning anti-Semitism. An updated one mentioned anti-Semitism but omitted anti-Zionism, a timely topic given the rise of a movement to divest from or boycott Israel that has produced legislation to clamp down on the movement and corresponding concerns about suppressed speech.
Today the Assembly Select Committee on Campus Climate will delve deeper during a hearing at UCLA on campus freedom of expression. Witnesses will include students from a variety of backgrounds and representatives of outside groups like the Anti-Defamation League, the Council of American-Islamic Relations and the American Civil Liberties Union. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the James West Alumni Center.
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