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Janet Napolitano (Damien Dovarganes / Associated Press)

University of California’s Janet Napolitano Attacks ‘Free Speech Darwinism’

University of California president Janet Napolitano has attacked “free speech Darwinism” in an op-ed to be published in Sunday’s Boston Globe. While her essay purports to be a defense of free speech, what Napolitano actually does is built a crafty defense of “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” and so-called “responsibility.”

The Main Quadrangles (Quad) on the Hyde Park Campus of the University of Chicago on November 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

University of Chicago Leads Charge Against PC Thought Police

In rebellion against the trend toward less freedom of expression in higher education, Chicago states that its commitment to academic freedom “means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: A teacher writes an equation on a whiteboard during a maths lesson at a secondary school on December 1, 2014 in London, England. Education funding is expected to be an issue in the general election in 2015.

German Maths Professor Fired Over Islam Criticism

A mathematics professor at a German university was fired after he gave students problems to solve in class critical of Islam. The Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR) and the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) have both distanced themselves