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How Ritualized Apologies Are Undermining Freedom Of Expression

by Ilana Redstone Akresh, John Villasenorvia Quillette
Sunday, November 18, 2018

“I want to apologize. I recognize that this moment is a deeply painful one—internally and externally,” wrote Facebook’s VP of public policy, Joel Kaplan, in a Sep. 28 note to Facebook staff. This followed the publication of photographs showing Kaplan’s attendance at Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kaplan’s presence in the hearing room led to a wave of objections voiced on internal message boards by Facebook employees. 

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3 Ways That Colleges Suppress A Diversity Of Viewpoints

by John Villasenor, Ilana Redstone Akreshvia The Chronicle of Higher Education
Friday, September 28, 2018

As colleges adopt an ever-growing array of diversity programs, one form is still in woefully short supply, with little effort being directed toward a remedy: diversity of viewpoints. The lack of an array of freely voiced perspectives on social and political issues is buttressed by a strict set of largely unwritten rules constraining the opinions that can be expressed on campuses, the research that can be performed, the discussions that can be held.