UNC Alumni Free Speech Alliance
Join UNC AFSA in promoting free speech, academic freedom, and viewpoint diversity at UNC.
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March 26, 2024
Last Wednesday, UNC AFSA welcomed social psychologist and author Jonathan Haidt to campus. Co-sponsored by the Student Free Speech Alliance, Heterodox Heels, and the Program for Public Discourse, Haidt's lecture at the sold-out student union auditorium shed light on the challenges confronting Generation Z, how these challenges contribute to the campus free speech crisis, and the erosion of colleges' credibility with the American public. Following his lecture, Haidt engaged in a moderated discussion with Professor Mark McNeilly and fielded audience questions posed by Professor Emily Putnam-Hornstein, delving into topics such as how UNC leadership can enact positive changes, issues surrounding the DEI bureaucracy, and the implications of artificial intelligence. The event drew a strong turnout from UNC faculty, deans, and top administrators. For those who missed it, a recording is accessible via the link below and on UNC AFSA’s YouTube channel.
Frank Hill Discusses the Newly-Founded UNC Free Speech Alliance
As the nation’s first public university, UNC is one of North Carolina’s oldest public forums; a place where the free exchange of ideas makes discovery and democracy possible. Lux libertas.
Alumni can be proud that UNC-Chapel Hill has a “green light” from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for its speech policies, meaning that none of its written policies threaten campus speech.
And in 2018, the UNC Faculty Council adopted a version of the Chicago Principles. In that statement, faculty members affirmed, “The ability to speak freely, debate vigorously, and engage deeply with differing viewpoints is the bedrock of our aspirations at Carolina.”
But, in practice, free speech, viewpoint diversity, and academic freedom are in peril.
A recent survey by three UNC scholars found that Carolina students regularly self-censor. The report, Free Expression and Constructive Dialogue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shows that “the current campus climate does not consistently promote free expression and constructive dialogue across the political spectrum.”
Join us to support a culture of free speech, viewpoint diversity, and academic freedom at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The UNC Alumni Free Speech Alliance, Inc. is a North Carolina Corporation that has been granted designation as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3).
We rely on the contributions of our supporters for operational expenses; website upkeep; website/email domains maintenance; and most importantly, to raise funds to provide educational forums, events, and activities where our alumni, students, and friends may hear and be heard.
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Donations to UNC AFSA are greatly appreciated and will be used carefully to support and defend free speech, viewpoint diversity, and academic freedom at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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