Our Spring 2016 John W. Pope Lecture was given by Alan Charles Kors, co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. The introduction to the talk was given by the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute, C. Bradley Thompson.
He spoke about how universities once believed themselves to be sacred enclaves, where students and professors could debate the issues of the day and arrive at a better understanding of the human condition. Today, sadly, this ideal of the university is being quietly betrayed from within. Universities still set themselves apart from American society, but now they do so by enforcing their own politically correct worldview through censorship, double standards and a judicial system without due process. Faculty and students who threaten the prevailing norms may be forced to undergo "thought reform." In a surreptitious about-face, universities have become the enemy of a free society, and the time has come to hold these institutions to account.
This talk was a stinging indictment of the covert system of justice on college campuses, exposing the widespread reliance of on kangaroo courts and arbitrary punishment to coerce students and faculty into conformity.
Dr. Kors laid bare the totalitarian mindset that undergirds speech codes, conduct codes, and "campus life" bureaucracies, through which a cadre of deans and counselors indoctrinate students and faculty in an ideology that favors group rights over individual rights, sacrificing free speech and academic freedom to spare the sensitivities of currently favored groups.
If you would like to watch the video of this lecture, click here.