Central Standard
6:00 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Campus Censorship & The Decline Of Critical Thinking

College enrollment in the United States is at an all-time high.  But as these students seek a higher education, are universities inhibiting critical thinking and free speech?

On Thursday's Central Standard, we talk to Greg Lukianoff, the author of the book Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate.  Greg will open dialogue on what he believes is a growing problem threatening the post-secondary institutions of America.  We will also be joined by college students Quentin Savwoir and Roze Brooks to get their take on campus censorship.

As always, we want your input on the conversation.  Call during the show at 816-235-2888 or email centralstandard@kcur.org.

Greg Lukianoff is the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and has been with FIRE since 2001, when he was hired to be the organization's first director of legal and public advocacy. Greg is a member of the State Bar of California and the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Greg is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and has published articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, the New York Post, The Stanford Technology Law Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Fraternal Law, Inside Higher Ed, Reason, Free Inquiry, Congressional Quarterly, The Daily Caller, The Charleston Law Review, and numerous other publications. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post and authored a chapter in Templeton Press's anthology New Threats to Freedom, edited by Adam Bellow. Greg is a frequent guest on local and national syndicated radio programs, has represented FIRE on national television shows, including CBS Evening News, The O'Reilly Factor, MSNBC's Dr. Nancy, The Abrams Report, Hannity and Colmes, Stossel, Scarborough Country, and Buchanan and Press, and has testified before the U.S. Senate about free speech issues on America's campuses. In 2008 he became the first ever recipient of the Playboy Foundation Freedom of Expression Award and in 2010 he received Ford Hall Forum's Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award on behalf of FIRE.
Greg is a graduate of American University and of Stanford Law School, where he focused on First Amendment and constitutional law. Before joining FIRE, Greg practiced law in Northern California, interned at the ACLU of Northern California and the Organization for Aid to Refugees in Prague, Czech Republic, and was the development manager of the EnvironMentors Project in Washington, D.C. Greg, along with Harvey A. Silverglate and David French, is a co-author of FIRE's Guide to Free Speech on Campus. Greg is also a proud member of the board of directors of Philadelphia's Theatre Exile.

Quentin Savwoir is a senior in his second year at Rockhurst University.  He is majoring in political science and communication studies.

Roze Brooks is a senior at the University Of Missouri - Kansas City, majoring in journalism and creative writing.

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