Is Free Speech Being Chilled in the Classroom – and Beyond? (29:22)

The issue of free speech touches most policy issues in our country today. And nowhere is this topic more of a hot-button issue than in the classroom. In the past year alone, Republican lawmakers have introduced over 150 state laws that would restrict how teachers can discuss race, sexual orientation, and gender identity in the classroom. Book bans have reached a record high in U.S. schools, and university administrators struggle to define the extent of free speech on campus. If academia is meant to be a space that invites a diversity of viewpoints, what does this say about the state of civil discourse? In this episode, Nadine Strossen, the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law Emerita at New York Law School and past President of the American Civil Liberties Union and Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, discuss free speech.