AMERICAN NOTES: Free Speech at Yale

In recent years, the question of what limits, if any, should be put on persons advocating highly controversial views has been hotly debated on university campuses, the traditional American citadels of free speech. The man at the center of the storm has often been Physicist William Shockley of Stanford University, who theorizes that blacks are genetically inferior to whites. On April 15, 1974, a group of howling students, stomping their feet and shouting slogans, made it impossible for Shockley to address an audience at Yale University.

In the wake of that demonstration, Yale President Kingman Brewster appointed a student-faculty committee, headed by...

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