UC Berkeley Chancellor Announces ‘Free Speech Year’


The new chancellor of the University of California – Berkeley announced on Tuesday her intention to make it “Free Speech Year” at a school that has previously seen violence erupt when controversial speakers were invited to campus.

Carol T. Christ—in a full day of media interviews and speeches covering her priorities for the coming year—said UC Berkeley would hold “point-counterpoint” debates, maintaining that the best answer to hate speech is “more speech,” according to the LA Times.

“You have the right to expect the university to keep you physically safe, but we would be providing you less of an education, preparing you less well for the world after you graduate, if we tried to protect you from ideas that you may find wrong, even noxious,” Christ said.


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