Grabowski will be addressing recent free speech controversies at Middlebury, Berkeley, Vanderbilt and elsewhere, the importance of having an ideologically diverse faculty, how the corporatization of higher ed has contributed to this problem, and alarming new practices that some colleges are utilizing to chill speech -- such as creating social media "watch lists" for outspoken students -- among other things.
"One of the reasons we're seeing incidents like Middlebury is because many students live in a bubble and aren't getting exposed to other viewpoints," Grabowski said. "So, it's easy for them to reduce others to caricatures and flare at them instead of treating them respectfully like the human beings they are."
Grabowski is a lawyer and an associate professor at Adelphi University in New York, where he teaches communications law and ethics. He also writes a syndicated column for the Washington Examiner and is a member of Heterodox Academy, a non-partisan group of 500+ professors working to promote free speech and intellectual diversity on campus.