College campuses play a central role in shaping the thinking of future leaders and current public intellectuals. But starting in the 1990’s, campuses took a strange tack, engaging in more banning than shaping. Speech codes developed by shadowy bureaucracies restricted activities that might offend – whether speech, laughter, or even pinning up a calendar.

light on the draconian codes of the ‘shadow university,’ explaining the origins of this “betrayal of liberty,” and makes the renewed case for robust First Amendment protections for all Americans – even college students.

This lecture was originally delivered in October 1998 .

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