ERIC Number: EJ775998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
A Jesuit Approach to Campus Speakers
Herbeck, Dale A.
Academe, v93 n5 p37-40 Sep-Oct 2007
In this article, the author examines the newly revised speakers policy in Boston College. The revised policy, defended by administrators as being consistent with past practice, differs in two important respects from the speakers policy it replaced. Lest the scope of this unfortunate policy be exaggerated, it is important to note that the policy covers only speakers or events brought to campus by recognized student groups using student activity money. The policy does not apply to events organized by academic departments, nor does it restrict academic freedom in the classroom. In practice, balancing has been required only on a handful of occasions involving events dealing with different aspects of human sexuality. The author argues that instead of balancing or simply avoiding tough topics like abortion or gay marriage, Boston College should be the place where informed discussion and intelligent debate can occur.
Descriptors: Sexuality, Pregnancy, Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech, Higher Education, Catholic Schools, Religious Factors, Conferences (Gatherings), Specialists, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts