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What's Happened To The University?

Thursday June 2017


Frank Furedi University of Kent
Heather Mac Donald Thomas W. Smith Fellow
Contributing Editor, City Journal

Co-sponsored by Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

American universities are experiencing a profound cultural transformation. Student protests designed to suppress opposing opinions have become frequent and, often, violent. Sociologist Frank Furedi's What's Happened To The University? A Sociological Exploration of Its Infantilisation explores the origins of the current attack on free speech—from menacing demonstrations to the rise of safe spaces, micro-aggressions, and trigger warnings—at U.S. and U.K. universities.

MI senior fellow Heather Mac Donald, who has written extensively about the erosion of free speech on campus, was a recent target of student protests at several colleges where she had been invited to discuss her New York Times bestseller, The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. One such protest became so violent that police were forced to end Mac Donald's lecture early and escort her out of the school.

Please join us for an evening roundtable—moderated by Howard Husock, MI Vice President for Research and Publications—with a special introduction by Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

Frank Furedi is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent (U.K.). He is the author of 17 books, including on intellectual culture, the politics of fear, parenting, and education. Furedi is a frequent guest on British T.V. and radio, and he has published in many of the major newspapers in Europe and America.

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize.