Free Enterprise at the Baugh Center

Adam Kissel speaks on "Free Speech and Double Standards in Higher Education"

Jan. 23, 2014

Waco, Texas

Adam Kissel, former program director of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), delivered a lecture to approximately 100 business and political science faculty and students on Wednesday on the topic, “Free Speech and Double Standards in Higher Education.” The event was co-sponsored by the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and the Graduate Students Association.

Mr. Kissel referred to a number of studies on the state of free speech on university and college campuses around the nation. His lecture included several statistics on how the space for allowable opinion on campuses has narrowed over time. Mr. Kissel also offered a set of strategies for dealing with ideas contrary to one’s personal belief or experience.

During the lecture, a student put words to the interesting contradiction that universities tout free speech and exchange of ideas for the purpose of learning, but then oftentimes violate the principle outside the classroom.

For more information about this and other Free Enterprise activities, see: www.baylor.edu/business/freeenterprise.

Free Enterprise at the Baugh Center was established in 2013 through generous outside grant funding. Baylor University's Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise seeks to (1) aid in the preservation of the competitive free enterprise system, including the vital small business sector of the economy and (2) promote entrepreneurial activity among individuals and organizations that stimulate economic development through the formation of new business ventures.

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