Recent Messages About Free Speech

  • Student Conduct Review Regarding Incident of May 10, 2017

Student Conduct Review Regarding Incident of May 10, 2017

UCI welcomes all opinions and encourages a free exchange of ideas – in fact, we defend free speech as one of our bedrock principles as a public university.   Yet, we must protect everyone’s right to express themselves without disruption.  This concept is clearly articulated in our policies and campus messaging.  We will hold firm in [...]

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UCI School of Law: Hate In A Period of Political Turmoil

Hate In A Period of Political Turmoil 2017-2018 Colloquium Series Sept. 8, 2017–April 19, 2018 UC Irvine School of Law The Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy’s 2017-18 Colloquium Series Hate In A Period of Political Turmoil will launch on Friday, September 8, 2017 with a special event: Charlottesville: A Defining Moment in America, A Conversation [...]

Yesterday’s Events in Charlottesville

  A message from Chancellor Howard Gillman   To the Anteater Community: The shocking and revolting events that unfolded in Charlottesville remind us that the despicable and violent ideology of white supremacy continues to haunt and terrorize communities across the nation. We send our condolences and heartfelt thoughts to the friends and families of those [...]

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ICYMI: Reza Aslan presents Fear Inc.: Confronting Islamophobia in America at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on May 2nd

On Tuesday May 2nd, Professor Reza Aslan visited the UCI campus to discuss Fear Inc. Confronting Islamophobia in America. The afternoon started with a student forum, where UCI students were able to have a more intimate conversation with Professor Aslan. The public lecture was presented to a full house at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Professor Aslan discussed [...]

Vice Provost Haynes Discussing Inclusivity on “Ask the Leader” with Claudia Shambaugh

Ask the Leader with Claudia Shambaugh Reza Aslan, an internationally renowned religion writer and scholar, spoke May 2nd, at the Barclay about Islamophobia. Douglas Haynes, UCI Professor of History and Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity & Inclusion covers his organization’s goals and how Professor Aslan addressed them. Vice Provost Haynes also discusses inclusivity on [...]

Standing Together Against Hate and Anti-Semitism

  To the Anteater community: The dramatic increase nationwide in threats of violence against Jewish schools, community centers and other organizations – 90 bomb threats since the start of the year and 20 just yesterday – hit close to home Monday afternoon when our neighboring Merage Jewish Community Center received a bomb threat and was [...]

Op-Ed Bigots at the gate: Universities shouldn’t duck the fight against white nationalism by Howard Gillman

LA Times Op-ed  Bigots at the gate: Universities shouldn't duck the fight against white nationalism By: Howard Gillman December 20, 2016   Excerpt: "Universities support free speech and condemn censorship for two reasons — to ensure that positive, helpful, illuminating messages can circulate widely, and to expose hateful or dangerous ideas that, if never engaged [...]

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“A Bill to Police Campus Speech” by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman

The Wall Street Journal A Bill to Police Campus Speech by Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman   Excerpt: "Two weeks ago the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, an unquestionably well-intentioned attempt to protect Jewish students on campus. Unfortunately the bill runs afoul of the First Amendment. If passed by the House [...]

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Free Speech in Contentious Times

Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, said it was time to "stop making certain mistakes." One of those mistakes, he suggested, was talking about these issues as if academe has a choice between supporting free speech and supporting minority students. Read more: Free Speech in Contentious Times  Leaders of state universities hear [...]

Honoring and respecting free speech

Dear Anteaters, Over the course of the past several weeks, our campus has again been forced to confront the question of how we honor and respect the value of free speech when it is tested amid speakers whose messages are perceived to be offensive, racist, inappropriate and inconsistent with the values our campus embraces. It [...]

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