A leading advocate of free speech and religious liberty will be in New Orleans this week to speak about the importance of free speech and what he says are the dangers of campus censorship.
Greg Lukianoff, a Stanford law school graduate and president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, is the author of “Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate.”
Last year, he also co-wrote with Jonathan Haidt an article in The Atlantic, “The Coddling of the American Mind.”
In the article, Lukianoff and Haidt condemned what they said is overuse of “trigger warnings,” or alerts that professors issue if something in a course might cause a strong emotional response, such as racism or sexual violence in a written work. Students can then choose to avoid that subject.
“According to the most basic tenets of psychology, helping people with anxiety disorders avoid the things they fear is misguided,” the authors wrote.
Lukianoff will speak to students and members of the public at Metairie Park Country Day School during a lecture titled “Free Speech: The Foundation for All Liberty.” The event will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Weinmann Auditorium at the school, 300 Park Road, Metairie.
The discussion is part of Free Market, a lecture series presented at Isidore Newman and Country Day schools. It is sponsored by local businessmen Jay Lapeyre and Greg Rusovich, who have served on many local organizations’ boards and who support both schools.
The series, entering its sixth year, brings in speakers to offer perspectives about free markets and free enterprise.
“Clear law enforced equally to all, private property, economic liberty and free speech are the foundations of prosperity; yet liberty, free markets and even free speech are under siege as we glorify envy and attack achievements in the name of egalitarianism,” Lapeyre said.