UNC Alumni Free Speech Alliance
Join UNC AFSA in promoting free speech, viewpoint diversity and academic freedom at UNC.
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.
Free Speech In The West
with Douglas Murray
Join bestselling author and associate editor of The Spectator, Douglas Murray, and UNC Alumni Free Speech Alliance to discuss this and more with UNC Chapel Hill students on February 23, 2023. The event will begin at 5:30 P.M. in the Genome Sciences Building, Room G200, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 250 Bell Tower Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
It is no secret that free speech on college campuses is under attack. Students and professors alike experience pressure to either avoid or hyperfocus on controversial topics with limited room for honest and rigorous debate. What does this tell us about the future of Western civilization? Is the university no longer a marketplace of ideas, questions, argument, and discovery? Are the more difficult topics only an opportunity for complaint, or do we have something to be grateful for from our inheritance? Where do we go from here?
If you cannot join us in person, join us on FaceBook where the event will be broadcasted.
This event is co-sponsored by the UNC Network for Enlightened Women and the Carolina Review.
This is a FREE event but registration is required for all attendees. Please click the link below to register!
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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