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Free speech on campus: Who needs the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill?
22 November @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Speaker: Professor Peter Ramsay (LSE)
Is freedom of expression under threat in Britain’s universities or is that idea a moral panic? The government claims that its Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill now before parliament is necessary to strengthen the legal duty on universities to protect freedom of speech on campuses. The bill’s supporters argue that legislation is necessary in the face of constant campaigns against it from within universities. Its critics respond that the Bill is unnecessary culture war grandstanding and the government is the real threat to freedom of expression. Peter Ramsay will examine the claims of both sides and ask why the question matters.