David L. Hudson Jr. is a First Amendment expert and law professor at Vanderbilt University. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of more than 40 books and has written several devoted to student-speech issues, including “Freedom of Speech: Documents Decoded” and “Let the Students Speak: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools.” Hudson also serves as the First Amendment Ombudsman for the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center.
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“Hudson serves as First Amendment ombudsman for the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center. He is an author, co-author or co-editor of more than 40 books, including ‘Let The Students Speak: A History of the Fight for Free Expression in American Schools.’”
David Hudson argues, “Places of higher learning seem more interested in ‘safe spaces’ rather than in freedom of expression.”
David Hudson argues, “Hardly a day goes by without a free-speech controversy on college and university campuses. An outside speaker is disinvited, a student faces punishment for speech on social media, a campus erupts over offensive speech, or a professor suffers discipline for off-campus expression.”
David Hudson argues, “University officials should uphold the principle that even speakers with distasteful viewpoints should be heard and only in rare instances cave in to the heckler’s veto.”
David Hudson discusses First Amendment protections on public college and university campuses.
David Hudson argues, “Many act as though offensive speech should be banned. Whether this is political correctness run amok or an enhanced sensitivity, the First Amendment is harmed in the process.”