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Aspen Ideas Festival 2018: Clash Of Values? College Campuses, Free Speech, Inclusion And Safe Space


What is a university if not a true marketplace of ideas — a place where scholarly pursuits in a wide range of subjects can be nurtured and questioned, where crosscurrents of diverse thought and perspectives can co-exist?


Today, students are challenged by the notion of an open society, tested on the one hand by values of free expression and on the other by a profound belief in inclusion. Most, if forced to choose, opt for the latter, and most draw the line at hate speech, disavowing its right to First Amendment protections. How are universities responding? And how should they?

The panel features University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, Brown University president Christina Paxson, Aspen Institute CEO Dan Porterfield, and David L. Cohen, who is Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.